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Jose Armando Cruz, A087 241 021 (BIA Apr. 9, 2014)

Jose Armando Cruz, A087 241 021 (BIA Apr. 9, 2014)

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In this unpublished decision, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) denied a DHS appeal and upheld a grant of adjustment of status under INA 245(i). The Board held that a noncitizens who are subject to the unlawful presence bars in INA 212(a)(9)(B) are only inadmissible during the three- or ten-year period, even if they illegally re-entered the country prior to the expiration of the three- or ten-year period. The decision was written by Member Linda Wendtland and joined by Member Anne Greer and Member Roger Pauley.

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In this unpublished decision, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) denied a DHS appeal and upheld a grant of adjustment of status under INA 245(i). The Board held that a noncitizens who are subject to the unlawful presence bars in INA 212(a)(9)(B) are only inadmissible during the three- or ten-year period, even if they illegally re-entered the country prior to the expiration of the three- or ten-year period. The decision was written by Member Linda Wendtland and joined by Member Anne Greer and Member Roger Pauley.

Looking for IRAC’s Index of Unpublished BIA Decisions? Visit www.irac.net/unpublished/index

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JoseW. Vega Jose W Vega Law Firm, PLLC 440 Louisiana St, Ste 500 Houston,
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77002 Name: CRUZ, JOSE ARMANDO Rdes 087-241022
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087241021 Date of ths otce: 4/9/2014
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For more unpublished BIA decisions, visit www.irac.net/unpublished
Cite as: Jose Armando Cruz, A087 241 021 (BIA Apr. 9, 2014)
 
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Fles: A087 24 021 ouston,
A087 24 02 In re: OSE AMANDO CRZ EVELI DON GONZAEZ RUZ
REMOAL PROCEEDNS PPEAL ON BEALF OF ESPONENTS Jose W. ega Esquire ON BE OF DS: Apr Sva Assistat hief CounseCHARGE: Date  Notice Sec 212(a)(6)()(i), I&N Act [8 SC § 8(a)(6)(A)()]
APR
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 2014
Preset without being admitted or paroled (both respodents-coceded) APICTION dustment of status e emet of omed Sec (S) apeas om he Immigraton Judge's October 2 01, decson ratng the resoets adjuset of status under sectio 24(i) of te Immigraton ad Naoai Act (ct) 8
S. §
l
255(), based o a approved lien eative Petition (Form I30) le o e ead resodent's ehalf  hs ite States ctizen ssterThe DHSs request r oral argumet s dened.
 See
8 FR § 003(e)(7) e agec's appea wl be dsmssed, and he recrd w be remded r securit ad ackgrod investigatios or examnatons We review ndings of ct incudg crediiit ndigs, r cle eor.
ee
8 C.R § 003.(d)(3)();
 see also ae of J-Y-C,
24 I&N Dec 60 (BIA 2007);
ae of SH-
3 &N Dec 462, 65-66 (BI 200). We revew questions of law, discretion, or judent, ad a other issues e novo
 See
8 .FR § 1003(d)(3){) Te owng cs e not i dsute e ead espondet, a natve and citize of Mexic s ae  e ted Ses  2
lJ
a   at  eeae i toer , e was aested by nted Sttes mmato authortes  conjucton wth a worksite ercemen acon, d as a resut, e reted to Mexico e same mon (J a  T at 606
1
ose rmando Cruz ( 087 1 0) w be rered to erenaer as the ead resondent The er resondent, vela Dn oae z (  4 02) s maed o Mr. Cuz
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a  Tr a 63, 66 xs  
Cite as: Jose Armando Cruz, A087 241 021 (BIA Apr. 9, 2014)
 
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087 21 02 et a  xh 6) He then reed to e Unted Sttes illegy n May 1999 and neer eped om the Unted Stes thereer (J at 2 Tr at 62)  grting the responents ajustment applcatons, e Immaton Judge did not dentiy y stautory grounds of inamssiblty; nor d he n ny bss r enyng relef n the execise f sceon (J at -5) On appea, the DHS does not challenge he espondents' genera abity to seek ajusment of sttus unde section 25(i) of e Act or ient any eo in the mmiaton Juges scretionary determination nstea, the agency only contends that e Immigration Judge ee i nng e responents statutorly eigible to djust ther statuses as the led responent legedly s inmssbe under secton 212 of the Act, 8 USC § 182 (DHS Brief at 3)
 See atter f a
19 &N Dec 35 (B 1986) (requirng the pincpa ajusment applicant to ajust bere any erate beneciares are able o erie a benet under the vsa petition) Speciclly, the agency contens hat the ead responent triggered section 212(a)(9)(B)(i)() of e ct by rte of the ct tat he cce more thn 180 ys, but less than 1 year, o nll presence n the ited States between the prosios eectie ate of Aprl
,
1997, an hs October 1997 epre an then he agn sought admission n 1999 when he eed to the Unted States wout rst beng nspected and admitted or proled (DHS Brie at
5,
91)We agree ih e mmiation Juges conclusion at e ead responent is not no namissble uner secion 212(a)(9)(B) o the Act, as he is now applying to be ssmilate to the postion o one seekg amisson though his adjusent applicton, a this applcaton s beng pursue more 
3
yes aer he ast depare om the United States (J at
3-5
 See eg aer f yj
25 &N Dec 397, 399-404
BA
201) (explainig that e eat cerain alen as assmilated to the positon of one seeking amission o hing been te hee they e pursung or he been granted adjustment o staus rather thn being amtte at  po o ent wth an grnt isa);
 see as atter f aron
20 &N Dec 557 BI 1992) Were e to adopt the position set rh by e DHS we woul trsrm the gound o nadmissiity at section 212(a)(9)(B)()(I) o the ct nto 
 pemaet
goun of namssiblty r all of the lea respondents applcations r amssion aer the expiraton o the 3yer pero set rth in the sute (DHS Bref t 9-10) Instead, r the resons outline beo we concue ht, lhoug he stautoy language at secton 212(a)(9)(B) s mbguous, the DHS position is ot consisent wth our undersandg of the Congressionl ntent r his provsion as asceraine tough a evie of the satutory sucture legisate history, an perinent nterpretig authorities First, secion 212(a)(9)(B) of he Act s aas bee unerstood in o preceets as creating temporary 3-and 10ear bars (in sectons 212()(9)(B)(i)() a (I) o the Act, respectvey) to an lens admissbity llowng hs depture om the Unite States aer The H does not oned th the ead respodent omes wth seon 1a)) o  the c creating permnent inadmssiblity r n aien who has been unlawly present in the United States r n gegate perod of more than
year, d who then reenters or attempts to reente e Unite States wout beng admted
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