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  • 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…