Immigrants Must Prove Abuser Citizenship At 'Time Of Abuse'

By Alyssa Aquino (February 24, 2021, 8:37 PM EST) -- The U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals refused a Mexican man's bid for deportation relief reserved for spousal abuse survivors, saying Wednesday that eligible immigrants must show that their abusers were American citizens or residents at the "time of the abuse."

The appellate board decision is a loss for a Mexican national, referred to as L-L-P-, who argued that he qualified for special rule cancellation of removal based on his 16-year abusive marriage to a woman who won a green card after their divorce.

"The applicant must demonstrate that the abuser held both legal status as the applicant's legally recognized spouse and...

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