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Esquivel-Quintana v. Sessions

137 S. Ct. 1562 (2017)

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Esquivel-Quintana v. Sessions

United States Supreme Court

137 S. Ct. 1562 (2017)

Facts

Juan Esquivel-Quintana (defendant) was a Mexican citizen who legally resided in the United States. Esquivel-Quintana pleaded guilty to statutory rape under a California statute that prohibited sexual intercourse with a minor who was more than three years younger than the offending party. A minor was defined under California law as a person under 18 years old. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) (plaintiff) began deportation proceedings against Esquivel-Quintana based on the statutory-rape conviction. The immigration judge ordered Esquivel-Quintana to be deported, finding that the conviction for statutory rape qualified as sexual abuse of a minor. Sexual abuse of a minor was an aggravated felony under the Immigration and Nationality Act (the act). Esquivel-Quintana appealed to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). The BIA denied his appeal and held that a conviction under the statutory-rape statute qualified as a conviction for an aggravated felony. Esquivel-Quintana filed an appeal with the court of appeals, which was denied. Esquivel-Quintana sought a writ of certiorari from the United States Supreme Court, which was granted.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Thomas, J.)

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