Tran v. Holder et al

Filing 27

ORDER - Therefore, IT IS ORDERED GRANTING the government's motion for remand(doc. 24). The government shall file with this court no later than June 20, 2011 notice of its decision regarding petitioner's application for naturalization on remand. (See document for details). Signed by Judge Frederick J Martone on 4/25/11.(LAD)

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1 WO 2 3 4 5 6 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 7 FOR THE DISTRICT OF ARIZONA 8 9 Phuong Dien Dang Tran, Petitioner, 10 11 vs. 12 Eric H. Holder, Jr., et al, 13 Respondents. 14 ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) No. CV-10-1906-PHX-FJM ORDER 15 16 17 The court has before it the government’s motion for limited remand, or in the 18 alternative motion to extend time to file an answer to the Petition for Review (doc. 24), 19 petitioner’s response (doc. 25), and the government’s reply (doc. 26). 20 The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has twice reviewed 21 petitioner’s naturalization application and twice denied it on separate grounds—the first time 22 for lack of good moral character and failure to present mitigating evidence, the second time 23 based on a conclusion that petitioner had been convicted of an aggravated felony which 24 rendered him ineligible for naturalization. In his complaint, petitioner seeks de novo review 25 of the denial of his naturalization application (doc. 1). 26 USCIS asserts that, pursuant to 8 C.F.R. § 103.5, it is prepared to reconsider its denial 27 of petitioner’s naturalization application and asks this court to remand the case back to 28 USCIS. Petitioner opposes the motion to remand, arguing that USCIS has already reviewed 1 the naturalization application twice and urges this court to conduct a de novo review and 2 grant his application. 3 The government is intimately familiar with the issues in this case and is willing to 4 reconsider its own decision on petitioner’s application. We think it is in the best interest of 5 judicial efficiency and economy to allow the government to reconsider its decision. In its 6 motion for remand, USCIS asserts that it will reopen, reconsider, and issue a new decision 7 on petitioner’s naturalization application within 45 days after remand, and further that it will 8 notify this court within 10 days of its decision. We will hold the government to this timeline. 9 Therefore, IT IS ORDERED GRANTING the government’s motion for remand 10 (doc. 24). The government shall file with this court no later than June 20, 2011 notice of its 11 decision regarding petitioner’s application for naturalization on remand. 12 DATED this 25th day of April, 2011. 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 -2-

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