The Board of Immigration Appeals (Board) has determined that the doctrine of res judicata does not prevent the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from bringing a new removable proceeding (with a new charge of removability) based on a criminal conviction that did not sustain the charge of removability in a prior proceedings. In the instant case, the DHS had initially charged the respondent with a conviction for a crime of violence aggravated felony based on a Michigan conviction for first-degree home invasion. Due to intervening case law regarding the definition of a crime of violence, those proceedings were terminated. The DHS then re-charged the respondent with a burglary aggravated felony based on the same conviction. The Board determined that res judicata did not bar the second proceedings, though it also recognized that its decision was in conflict with Ninth Circuit jurisprudence. The Board also determined that a Michigan conviction for first-degree home invasion is categorically a burglary aggravated felony.
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