Shah v. Holder, No. 13-1295 (7th Cir. 2013)Annotate this Case
Convicted in 1990 for aggravated criminal sexual abuse, Shah was ordered removed to India in 2005. He did not seek judicial review, but unsuccessfully moved for reconsideration, arguing that he should have been granted a waiver of removal under 8 U.S.C. 1182(c) as it existed before its 1996 repeal. Shah has lived in India since 2007. In 2012 he moved to reopen the proceedings and, after the BIA denied that motion, brought a motion to reconsider. The BIA recognized that it had authority to reopen but remarked that Shah’s situation did not merit a favorable exercise of discretion, because of the nature of his crime and also because Shah is no longer in the U.S. The Seventh Circuit dismissed petitions for review, noting the 90-day deadline for motions to reopen. An IJ and the BIA concluded in 2005 that, as a matter of administrative discretion, Shah would not receive section 212(c) relief even if he were in the category of those still eligible for consideration because of the nature of his crime against a child.