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Sanchez v. Holder, 09-3866

Mexican citizen's petition for review of BIA's dismissal of an appeal of of IJ's denial of motion to reopen

Sanchez v. Holder, 09-3866, concerned a Mexican citizen's petition for review of a BIA's dismissal of his appeal of an IJ's denial of a motion to reopen deportation proceedings based on an in absentia deportation order entered nearly 11 years ago.

In denying the petition, the court held that, for an alien to demonstrate the absence of notice under section 1252b(c)(3)(B), the alien must establish not only the lack of actual notice, but also that the lack of actual notice was due to some reason other than the alien's failure to provide a current address, and here, petitioner has not shown that his lack of notice was due to some reason other than his failure to provide a current address.  Further, because petitioner has failed to demonstrate that his lack of notice was due to some reason other than his failure to provide his current address, the issue of whether the BIA abused its discretion in denying petitioner's motion to reopen on the basis that it was timely does not fall within the ambit of 8 C.F.R. section 1003.23(b)(4)(iii)(A)(2).

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