Higgs v. Att'y Gen. of U.S., No. 09-3128 (3d Cir. 2011)Annotate this Case
Petitioner, born in the Bahamas in 1981 and lawfully admitted into the U.S, as a permanent resident in 1999, was charged with possession of and intent to deliver marijuana and knowing and intentional possession of a controlled substance in 2005. The Immigration Judge terminated removal proceedings, finding that petitioner sustained only a conviction for possession of marijuana and was not removable under 8 U.S.C. 237(a)(2)(A)(iii) and that he was not removable under subsection (B)(i) because he possessed less than 30 grams of marijuana. On reconsideration, after attempting to determine the amount of marijuana at issue, the IJ issued an order of removal. The BIA dismissed what it characterized as an interlocutory appeal. The Third Circuit remanded, holding that petitioner intended to appeal the order. The agency must consider assertions that the IJ erred in finding that there was clear and convincing evidence that petitioner possessed more than 30 grams of marijuana and that the final order of removal is unenforceable because of his citizenship status.
The court issued a subsequent related opinion or order on September 19, 2011.