Thursday, January 19th, 2017

BIA (unpub.) on Egregious 4th Amendment Violation: CBP ‘Smelled’ Undocumented Aliens in Car

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Enrique Soto-Garcia, A087 534 842 (BIA May 7, 2013) - "In this unpublished decision, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) upheld an immigration judge's finding that Border Patrol agents committed an egregious Fourth Amendment violation when they pulled over the car in which the respondent was travelling because they could "smell undocumented aliens."  The BIA further agreed that the government could not establish the respondent's alienage by relying on copies of the children's birth certificates submitted during a bond hearing; records from the Mexican National Population Registry submitted during the suppression hearing; or evidence from the USCIS Central Index System submitted after the suppression hearing.  The BIA remanded the case, however, for clarification