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Immigration Board to Reconsider State Pardon in Removal Case

May 22, 2020, 8:16 PM

The Board of Immigration Appeals will reconsider the case of a Jamaican man faced with deportation after the First Circuit ruled in his favor Friday, agreeing that the Board’s rejection of a Connecticut state pardon departed from settled course.

Richard Thompson, who entered the U.S. as a lawful permanent resident in 1997, was later arrested and charged with second-degree assault. He pleaded guilty in Connecticut state court in 2001.

He was later issued a full and unconditional pardon by the Connecticut Board of Pardons and Paroles, he told the court.

In 2012, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security sought to...

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