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Roger Anthony Simmonds, A034 062 738 (BIA Mar. 24, 2014)

Roger Anthony Simmonds, A034 062 738 (BIA Mar. 24, 2014)

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In this unpublished decision, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) reopened proceedings sua sponte in light of recent decisions, including Matter of Abdelghany, 26 I&N Dec. 254 (BIA 2014), making the respondent eligible to apply for a waiver of removability under INA 212(c). The decision was written by Member Molly Kendall-Clark.

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In this unpublished decision, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) reopened proceedings sua sponte in light of recent decisions, including Matter of Abdelghany, 26 I&N Dec. 254 (BIA 2014), making the respondent eligible to apply for a waiver of removability under INA 212(c). The decision was written by Member Molly Kendall-Clark.

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U.S.

Department of Justice

Executive Office for Immigration Review

Board ofImmigration Appeals Office of the Clerk
5107 Leesburg Pike, Suite 2000 Falls Church, Virginia 20530

McLean, Siana Jody Muscato & Shatkin LLP 415 Franklin Street Buffalo, NY 14202

OHS/ICE Office of Chief Counsel - SIN P.O. Box 639 Glenham, NY 12527

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Name: *S-SIMMONDS, ROGER ANTHONY

A 034-062-738

Date of this notice: 3/24/2014

Enclosed is a copy of the Board's decision and order in the above-referenced case. Sincerely,

Donna Carr Chief Clerk

Enclosure
Panel Members: Kendall-Clark, Molly

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Cite as: Roger Anthony Simmonds, A034 062 738 (BIA Mar. 24, 2014)

U.S. Department of Justice
Executive Office for Immigration Review Falls Church, Virginia 20530

Decision of the Board oflmmigration Appeals

File:

A034 062 738 - Fishkill, NY

Date:

MAR 2 4 2014

In re: ROGER ANTHONY SIMMONDS a.k.a. Ronald Parker a.k.a. Anthony Simmonds IN REMOVAL PROCEEDINGS

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MOTION ON BEHALF OF RESPONDENT: ON BEHALF OF OHS: Siana J. McLean, Esquire

C. Cullen Sheppard Assistant Chief Counsel

APPLICATION: ORDER:

Reopening

On January 27, 2014, the respondent submitted a motion to reopen proceedings in which his appeal was dismissed by the Board on March 29, 1999. He also seeks a stay of removal. The Department of Homeland Security opposes reopening. The record is remanded. The respondent's motion is untimely as it was filed more than 14 years after the Board's decision. Section 240(c)(7)(C)(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C.

§

1229a(c)(7)(C)(i); 8 C.F.R.

§

1003.2(c)(2). The respondent avers that reopening is warranted

as he is now eligible for relief under former section 212(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C.

§

l 158(c), in light of the holding in

INS

v.

St. Cyr, 533 U.S. 289 (2001). He also

cites the holding in

Vartelas v. Holder, 132 S.Ct. 1479 (2012), in this regard. Vartelas, and concluded that a

The Board recently addressed the effect of the holding in

lawful permanent resident who has accrued 7 consecutive years of lawful unrelinquished domicile in the United States and who is removable by virtue of conviction entered before April 24, 1996, is eligible to apply for discretionary relief under former section 212(c) of the Act, unless he is subject to certain proscriptions that are not applicable in the instant case. Matter of
v.

Abdelghany, 26 I&N Dec. 254 (BIA 2014); see also Judulang

Holder, 132 S.Ct. 476 (2011).

We note that the Immigration Judge determined that the respondent was ineligible for section 212(c) relief as he is in removal proceedings, and because he was convicted of an aggravated felony. decisions. It appears that the respondent, who was convicted in 1986, may benefit from these recent decisions. Given the circumstances presented in this case, we find that sua sponte reopening is warranted. Accordingly, the motion to reopen is granted, and the record is remanded to the Immigration Judge for consideration of the respondent's application for relief under former section 212(c) of the Act. Those exemptions appear to be no longer applicable in light of the noted

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