Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

CA2 on Statelessness, Motions to Reopen: Jourbina v. Holder (Unpub.)

C. Mario Russell writes: "I am delighted to report that a stateless family’s petition
for review to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals was granted and the decision
of the BIA denying a motion to reopen vacated. Jourbina v. Holder 11-1540
(2CA 2013)(attached)
. The Jourbina family was made stateless by the Republic of
Kazakhstan, who stripped them of their citizenship in 2009. After being
detained by ICE, and with present counsel, the Jourbinas had sought to reopen their 1999
removal proceedings (removal order) by motion to the BIA on changed country
conditions under 8 USC 1229a(c)(7)(C)(ii), arguing that their citizenship had
been pretextually revoked on account of their status as Christian, Russian, and
non-ethnically Kazakh minorities