9th Circ. Says Ignorance Of Law Doesn't Toll Asylum Deadline 1 9th Circ. Says Ignorance Of Law Doesn't Toll Asylum Deadline

9th Circ. Says Ignorance Of Law Doesn't Toll Asylum Deadline

By Jonathan Capriel (July 28, 2022, 3:22 PM EDT) — Not knowing the law isn’t enough to excuse a Guatemalan union worker from missing the deadline to apply for asylum by three years, the Ninth Circuit said when it refused to overturn an immigration panel’s decision that the man’s circumstances weren’t “extraordinary.”

Immigrants generally have one year from the time they enter the United States to apply for asylum, and although the law does make a limited exception for extraordinary circumstances if demonstrated “to the satisfaction of the attorney general,” the three-judge panel on Wednesday said that Marvin Estuardo Martinez Alquijay’s circumstances just weren’t extraordinary enough.

When Martinez Alquijay did apply,…