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Immigration : Criminal Conviction – Iowa Law – Due Process

Where a native of Mexico challenged a decision finding him removable, the petitioner’s four convictions under Iowa law were dependent upon the statute’s definition of assault, and the statute was divided into subsections of acts involving turpitude and not involving turpitude, so his domestic assault convictions did not categorically constitute crimes involving moral turpitude, and the Board of Immigration erred in declining to review the convictions.

Petition granted; remanded.

Alonzo v. Lynch (MLW No. 69081/Case No. 15-2024 – 19 pages) (U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, Smith, J.) Petition for review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals (Jessica Maffitt, Des Moines, Iowa, for petitioner) (William Clark Minick, Washington, D.C., for respondent).

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