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  • April 5, 2009
    The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) drafted an amicus brief in this longstanding litigation over detainee access to legal representation.  The government asked the district court to dissolve an injunction that requires the government to provide basic access to legal services to…
  • May 7, 2009
    The Seventh Circuit reversed Mr. Castilho de Olveira's asylum denial and harshly criticized the immigration judge’s bias and illogical analysis of the case. In this case involving a detained juvenile from Brazil, the immigration judge found the petitioner’s story implausible after making…
  • August 26, 2009
    The Seventh Circuit ruled that a personal change in circumstances can support reopening for asylum if it occurs abroad. Roome Joseph was a derivative asylum applicant on her parents' failed asylum application; her family returned to Pakistan after losing the case.  She had Americanized,…
  • December 14, 2009
    The Seventh Circuit found that former gang membership is a cognizable particular social group for asylum purposes. In this case, the National Immigrant Justice Center challenged the Board of Immigration Appeals’ (BIA) determination that individuals fearing persecution by powerful Central…
  • January 14, 2010
    The Seventh Circuit found that the district court has power to make a citizenship finding for an individual who was once in removal proceedings.Angela Ortega was put into removal proceedings in 2002, but obtained termination with prejudice in 2003 after proving that she had acquired citizenship…
  • January 19, 2010
    The Supreme Court ruled that individuals who seek to reopen their deportation orders have the right to appeal to the federal courts if the immigration courts refuse to do so. The Seventh Circuit held that a decision whether to “reopen” a removal proceeding is inherently discretionary, and thus…
  • February 28, 2010
    This case presented similar issues to Afanwi v. Mukasey, with the difference that the ineffective assistance of counsel occurred prior to removal proceedings rather than after those proceedings had terminated.  The Supreme Court certiorari petition was filed pro se by the asylum seeker, who…
  • December 2, 2010
    The Seventh Circuit, interpreting 8 C.F.R. § 212.5(c) and INA § 212(d)(5)(A) in this case, found that when the government chooses to terminate a person’s advance parole, it must place that person back into the same status he occupied before receiving the advance parole grant.  Dr. Samirah, the…