Wildin David GUILLEN-ACOSTA, Petitioner, v. William P. BARR, Attorney General, Respondent.
Decided: April 02, 2020
Before NIEMEYER, DIAZ, and HARRIS, Circuit Judges.
Sarah Maryam Al-Zoubi, BULL CITY LAWYER, Durham, North Carolina, for Petitioner. Joseph H. Hunt, Assistant Attorney General, Shelley R. Goad, Assistant Director, Laura Halliday Hickein, Office of Immigration Litigation, Civil Division, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, Washington, D.C., for Respondent.
Wildin David Guillen-Acosta, a native and citizen of Honduras, petitions for review of an order of the Board of Immigration Appeals (Board) dismissing his appeal from the immigration judge’s (IJ) decision denying his motion for administrative closure, denying his motion for a continuance, and ordering him removed to Honduras. We grant the petition for review.
The Board, in affirming the IJ’s denial of administrative closure, relied on the Attorney General’s opinion in In re Castro-Tum, 27 I. & N. Dec. 271 (A.G. 2018), which held that IJs and the Board do not have the general authority to administratively close cases. While this case was pending on appeal, we overturned this holding in Zuniga Romero v. Barr, 937 F.3d 282, 294 (4th Cir. 2019) (identifying the various regulations at issue and concluding that they “unambiguously confer upon IJs and the [Board] the general authority to administratively close cases”). We therefore grant the petition for review and remand for further consideration in light of Zuniga Romero. We dispense with oral argument because the facts and legal contentions are adequately presented in the materials before this court and argument would not aid the decisional process.
PETITION GRANTED AND REMANDED
Petition granted and remanded by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
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