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6th Circ. Rips BIA For Ignoring Honduran's Bad Counsel Claim

Law360 (May 21, 2019, 9:20 PM EDT) -- A Sixth Circuit panel on Tuesday gave a Honduran asylum-seeker and her daughter another chance to stop their deportation, finding that the immigration judge presiding over their case ignored the fact that their previous counsel was inadequate.

In an unpublished decision, the three-judge panel revived Elky Roxana Villanueva-Vasquez and her daughter Tatiana's immigration case based on her claim that her previous attorney was ineffective, finding that the Board of Immigration Appeals had abused its discretion by refusing to consider it.

"The BIA not only failed to provide a rational explanation, it failed to provide any explanation of its denial of Villanueva-Vasquez's...

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