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4th Cir.: Va.’s obstruction offense not a crime of moral turpitude (access required)

The Board of Immigration Appeals erred in concluding that Virginia’s obstruction-of-justice offense qualified as a “crime involving moral turpitude” that heightened the burden on an immigrant petitioner challenging his removal. Background Petitioner Jose Ramirez, a citizen of El Salvador, first entered the United States in 1996 at age 17. Nearly 20 years later, charged with being present ...