The First Circuit has determined that it has no jurisdiction to review the denial of a motion to reopen to seek VAWA cancellation of removal. The Board of Immigration Appeals (Board) also denied the petitioner’s motion to reopen to seek asylum based on domestic abuse perpetrated by her ex-spouse. The Board determined the harm was too remote in time to support eligibility for asylum. The First Circuit remanded, finding that the Board implicitly accepted that the abuse qualified as persecution on account of a protected ground, and as such, should have applied a presumption of future persecution.

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