Hajdari v. Holder., No. 11-1145 (1st Cir. 2011)Annotate this Case
Petitioner, a citizen of Albania, entered the U.S. illegally, on a fraudulent Italian passport, in 2004. Arrested at the airport, he sought asylum. The IJ, BIA, and First Circuit rejected his petitions. While appeal was pending, he sought to reopen removal proceedings and argued that removal had been improperly initiated. On appeal from rejection of the petition, he argued that, because of his limited command of English, he did not understand the Visa Waiver Program form he signed, under which he waived the right to contest removal on any grounds other than asylum. The First Circuit denied review, noting petitioner's delay in asserting his claim and that he never attempted to assert any grounds other than asylum.