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  • February 12, 2008
    Judge James B. Moran ordered the U.S. Attorney General to allow Dr.Sabri Samirah to return to the United States to defend himself in court or resume the process to obtain a green card, which he had applied for before being barred from the country in 2003. The court found that the U.S. government…
  • March 12, 2008
    Mr. Escobar Barraza was the husband of a U.S. citizen, and resided in the United States nearly his whole life.  The only bar to his eligibility for lawful permanent residence was a $100 civil fine for possession of marijuana paraphernalia.  The Seventh Circuit held as a matter of first…
  • April 20, 2008
    The Seventh Circuit found the use of a juvenile’s airport interview acceptable, and discussed his arrest warrant and persecution by a minority group in his home country.Mr. Chatta is a Pakistani Sunni Deoband who feared persecution from Shi'a Muslims who were the majority population in his village…
  • April 29, 2008
    The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Atunnise v. Mukasey that the U.S. government erred in applying rules that determine whether an immigrant who previously received an order of removal can obtain a waiver to reenter the United States. The court said this case "highlights the obstacles…
  • May 18, 2008
    The Fourth Circuit held that an immigrant has no constitutional rights regarding ineffective assistance of counsel.  The National Immigrant Justice Center appeared as amicus curiae in support of rehearing en banc, which was denied.  A certiorari petition to the Supreme Court was filed.…
  • June 12, 2008
    Nearly 320,000 immigrants who have passed naturalization exams and interviews have been in limbo for months, sometimes years, before the U.S. government has allowed them to take their oath of citizenship.  The National Immigrant Justice Center, Competition Law Group, and Council on American-…
  • June 16, 2008
    The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that an Afghan man targeted by the Taliban because he assisted the U.S. military should not be expected to rely on the Afghan military to help him safely relocate inside Afghanistan.“From the record, we are not at all certain that a military relocation…
  • July 1, 2008
    The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals found that the use of video teleconferencing ("VTC") in this case violated the petitioner's right to examine evidence.Ms. Rapheal was born in Liberia, where her father was an active supporter of former Liberian President Charles Taylor. When members of the…
  • August 3, 2008
    In a case in which the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) presented objective medical corroboration of gang-rape, NIJC argued that the immigration judge’s adverse credibility finding was erroneous and that the Board of Immigration Appeals irrationally refused to reopen the case. The Court of…
  • February 19, 2009
    The Seventh Circuit found that the analysis of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), which denied the client’s asylum claim without addressing credibility, simply did not make sense. Ms. Kadia is an asylum-seeker from Cameroon.  The Immigration Judge denied her claim, finding her to…