The Ninth Circuit terminated removal proceedings against a petitioner who was seized by Coast Guard officials based solely on his Latino appearance.  Because this was an egregious Fourth Amendment violation and a violation of immigration regulations designed to protected the petitioner from this type of racial profiling, the court determined that termination of proceedings was required.  In light of the regulatory violation, the court declined to determine if the petitioner's previously submitted application for Family Unit benefits was independent evidence of alienage, finding that the violation of the regulation was grounds for termination, regardless of whether there was independent evidence of alienage.

The full text of Sanchez v. Sessions can be found here:

http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2017/08/30/14-71768.pdf

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