This week, the Board of Immigration Appeals again determined that a grant of family unity benefits does not qualify as admission in any status for the purpose of cancellation of removal for lawful permanent residents. Coincidentally, the Ninth Circuit issued a decision on the same day reaching the same holding. Both decision rely on the rationale of the Board of Immigration Appeals earlier decision in Matter of Reza-Murillo.
My blog post on the related Ninth Circuit case can be found here: http://www.sabrinadamast.com/journal/2015/6/10/ninth-circuit-finds-that-family-unity-benefits-do-not-qualify-as-an-admission-for-the-purpose-cancellation-of-removal-for-lawful-permanent-residents
The full text of Matter of Fajardo Espinoza can be found here: https://edit.justice.gov/sites/default/files/pages/attachments/2015/06/08/3840.pdf