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Mon May 24, 2021, 02:20 PM

7. He was convicted of an "aggravated felony" DUI in 1988.

In 2004, SCOTUS made a separate ruling in another case, and California removed the 'aggravated felony' status from non-violent DUI offenses, and it became a misdemeanor.

The ruling goes on:

Although the Court acknowledged that this immigrant’s removal order “never should have issued,” that error alone was not enough to warrant a ruling in his favor. Rather, the criminal re-entry statute requires that a person wishing to challenge an underlying removal order must demonstrate three things: “(1) they have ‘exhausted any administrative remedies,’ (2) they were ‘deprived . . . of the opportunity for judicial review,’ and (3) ‘the entry of the order was fundamentally unfair.'” Palomar-Santiago did not meet those requirements — and the lower courts were not authorized to excuse them.

Basically, Palomar-Santiago shouldn't have been deported, but because he was, and he doesn't meet these 3 criteria, he cannot appeal his deportation.

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