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PDHRP News & Updates


  • In Peralta Sauceda, a case in which PDHRP joined several other immigrant rights organizations on an amicus curiae brief, the First Circuit held that even though the noncitizen has the burden to demonstrate eligibility for relief, the noncitizen may still demonstrate eligibility for relief if the record of a conviction is ambiguous. The court determined that the analysis set forth by the Supreme Court in Moncrieffe applies in the same manner in the context of applications for relief from removal as it does in the context of removability determinations. The case represents a major victory for immigrant rights advocates.  You can find the case here:
  • PDHRP joined the Immigrant Defense Project, AILA, and several other organizations in filing an amicus curiae brief with the First Circuit in Peralta Sauceda v. Lynch on the interpretation and application of the modified categorical approach. Amici argue that, when the record of a prior conviction is ambiguous, the conviction does not disqualify a noncitizen from cancellation of removal as a matter of law.
  • New practice advisory: Mentally Incompetent But Deported Anyway: Strategies for Helping a Mentally Ill Client Return to the United States (issued September 2015): This Practice Advisory does not discuss the Franco-Gonzalez settlement agreement. A separate Practice Advisory discussing that settlement is now available.
  • New practice advisory:Reopening a Case for the Mentally Incompetent in Light of Franco-Gonzalez v. Holder (November 2015)
  • New practice advisory:"Roadmap to Assessing a Post-Deportation Case" (June 2015)










  • One of the many Guatemalan women detained in a federal raid on a New Bedford factory last year has won the right to stay and work in the United States, thanks to the work the Professor Brinton Lykes and the Post-Deportation Human Rights Project.  
  • With the help of BC's Post-Deportation Human Rights Project, a deportee has received what supervising attorney Rachel Rosenbloom cites as an 'extremely rare' permission to return to the US to visit her family.  Click here to read the press release.
  • Prof. Daniel Kanstroom, Attorney Mary Holper, and Attorney Rachel Rosenbloom were all featured in the Spring 2008 issue of BC Law magazine.  Click here to view the articles.
  • Rachel Rosenbloom was recently quoted in an article entitled "Deportation of U.S. citizens: 'It's just the tip of the Iceberg'" in which she addresses the problem of US citizens being mistakenly deported by authorities. Rosenbloom pointed out that stories like that of Pedro Guzman, who went missing for several months after his deportation last May, are hardly unusual. According to Rosenbloom, such cases are indicative of larger problems within the US immigration system.
  • Rachel Rosenbloom was invited to testify before the Immigration Sub-committee of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, February 13th.  Her testimony covered problems with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) interrogation, detention and deportation practices. Read her written testimony here.
  • Professor Daniel Kanstroom is quoted in a recent New York Times article, "Immigrant Workers Caught in Net Cast for Gangs" which describes how in a recent raid meant to be part of a crackdown on immigrant gangs, 10 of the 11 men arrested had no gang ties.  
  • Prof. Daniel Kanstroom is quoted extensively in the New York Times on the lack of legal protections for the human rights of immigrants in the U.S.  The article is entitled “No Need for a Warrant, You’re an Immigrant."




Inter-American Human Rights Commission considers whether U.S. deportation laws violate international human rights standards:

  • Video of oral argument in Wayne Smith and Hugo Armendariz v. United States of America
  • Amicus brief filed by Post-Deportation Human Rights Project
  • Merits brief filed by Petitioners
  • New Surge in War Against Immigrants Director of the Center, Daniel Kanstroom, was featured in a recent radio broadcast discussing the state and federal immigration policies undertaken within the last year.
  • Senseless Deportations: Rachel Rosenbloom, supervising attorney for the Center's Post-Deportation Human Rights Project, published an op-ed piece in the March 25, 2007 edition of Washington Post discussing the U.S.' harsh deportation system.