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U.S. Department of Justice
Executive Office for Immigration Review
Office of the Director
5107 Leesburg Pike, Suite 2400
Falls Church, Virginia 22041

MEDIA ADVISORY Contact: Public Affairs Office
(703)305-0289, Fax: (703) 605-0365

June 18, 2001


The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA or the Board) will travel to Boston, MA, on June 21 and June 22, 2001, to hear oral arguments in five pending appellate cases. Board Members will hear the oral arguments at the U.S. Courthouse in Boston.

These oral arguments are scheduled as part of an ongoing initiative to make the immigration appeals process more accessible to parties in other areas of the country. It is part of a larger outreach effort by the Executive Office for Immigration Review to improve customer service overall. The Board has heard oral arguments in Los Angeles, CA, and San Antonio, TX, in 1998; Miami, FL in 1999; and Chicago, IL, in 1999 and 2000.

The cases scheduled to be heard in Boston involve interesting or novel aspects of law suitable for oral argument.

Date: June 21 and 22, 2001
Time: 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 2:00 p.m.
Location: U.S. Courthouse
1 Courthouse Way
7th Floor
Boston, Massachusetts

Contacts: Rick Kenney or Susan Eastwood at (703) 305-0289

Case Summaries

Thursday, June 21, 2001:

Matter of Vallabhaneni A76 724 694. This case involves an asylum applicant from India. Her persecution claim is based in part on her claim that she suffered severe abuse at the hands of her husband, and the authorities were unable or unwilling to help her. At issue is whether such a claim can form the basis for asylum.

Matter of Salazar-Regina, A24 384 420. This case involves an alien who was convicted in Texas of the offense of possession of a controlled substance. Adjudication of guilt was "deferred" (a form of expungement of the conviction) under Texas law. The issues include what law should be applied in the case; under current precedent from the Board, the respondent would still be considered "convicted" for immigration purposes.

Friday, June 22, 2001:

Matter of Palma-Chacon, A72 453 992. This case involves an asylum applicant from Honduras who claims he suffered persecution on account of his political opinion. He claims that he was a local union leader and was arrested at a union demonstration where he was speaking. The Immigration Judge found that the respondent was not credible. Issues include the question of the alien's credibility.

Matter of Andazola-Rivas, A91 431 733. This case involves an alien who has lived in the United States unlawfully for many years and now seeks to legalize his status through a provision of the 1996 law called cancellation of removal. Issues include whether the alien has shown the requisite "exceptional and extremely unusual" hardship to qualify for the relief.

Matter of Hussain, A73 347 212. This case involves an asylum applicant from Bangladesh who was brought here as a minor by a United States citizen, and was apparently abused by him. The alien is now an adult. He claims he is a member of a particular social group whom the Bangladeshi government is unwilling or unable to protect. Issues include whether the alien has suffered persecution on grounds protected by our asylum laws.

NOTE: In each of the asylum cases cited above, the respondent has waived his or her right to confidentiality.

Background of EOIR
EOIR is the component of the U.S. Department of Justice that is responsible for developing policies and directing activities related to the conduct of administrative hearings and appellate reviews on a variety of immigration issues, including the determination of individuals' immigration status in the United States. EOIR is headed by a Director who reports to the Deputy Attorney General. Its organization includes the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Offices of the Chief Immigration Judge and the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer.

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