Yenny Maritza SILVA-ISAIS DE RAMIREZ, aka Jenny Marissa Silva Ramirez, aka Yenny Mariza Silva-Isais de Ramirez, Petitioner, v. William P. BARR, Attorney General, Respondent.
Decided: September 11, 2020
Before: TASHIMA, SILVERMAN, and OWENS, Circuit Judges.
Robert Edward Myers, Attorney, Berjis Myers PLC, Los Angeles, CA, for Petitioner Chief Counsel ICE, Office of the Chief Counsel, Department of Homeland Security, San Francisco, CA, Arthur Rabin, Trial Attorney, DOJ - U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division/Office of Immigration Litigation, Washington, DC, for Respondent
Yenny Maritza Silva-Isais de Ramirez, a native and citizen of Mexico, petitions for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’ (“BIA”) order granting her motion to reopen for the purpose of reinstating her voluntary departure period. We have jurisdiction under 8 U.S.C. § 1252. We review for abuse of discretion the BIA's decision on the motion to reopen and review de novo questions of law. See Bonilla v. Lynch, 840 F.3d 575, 581 (9th Cir. 2016). We grant the petition for review.
The BIA erred and abused its discretion by not treating Silva's motion as a motion to reopen and remand to apply for adjustment of status, and by instead reinstating the voluntary departure period, which Silva did not request. See Sagaydak v. Gonzales, 405 F.3d 1035, 1040 (9th Cir. 2005) (“IJs and the BIA are not free to ignore arguments raised by a petitioner”); Movsisian v. Ashcroft, 395 F.3d 1095, 1098 (9th Cir. 2005) (“The BIA abuses its discretion when it acts ‘arbitrarily, irrationally, or contrary to the law.’ ” (citation omitted)). We remand for the BIA to consider whether to reopen to allow Silva to apply for adjustment status.
Silva's removal is stayed pending a decision by the BIA.
PETITION FOR REVIEW GRANTED; REMANDED.
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