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152987P.pdf 03/22/2017 Michael Alvarado-Arenas v. Jefferson B. Sessions, III U.S. Court of Appeals Case No: 15-2987 Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals [PUBLISHED] [Colloton, Author, with Melloy and Shepherd, Circuit Judges] Petition for Review - Immigration. The BIA did not abuse its discretion by denying petitioner's motion to reopen; by statute, an order removing an alien in absentia for failure to appear may only be rescinded if the motion to reopen shows either that the alien's failure to appear was because of exceptional circumstances or the alien did not receive proper notice; assuming petitioner's alleged absence from the U.S. could be an exceptional circumstance, the BIA reasonably concluded petitioner was in the U.S. when the removal proceedings were commenced and thus had notice of the proceedings. 163276U.pdf 03/22/2017 Noah Steffy v. City of Fort Smith U.S. Court of Appeals Case No: 16-3276 U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas - Ft. Smith [UNPUBLISHED] [Per Curiam - Before Wollman, Bowman and Loken, Circuit Judges] Civil case - Civil rights. The district court did not err in dismissing this action on Younger grounds as state criminal proceedings were pending at the time of the dismissal and plaintiff failed to show he could not raise his constitutional challenge in that proceeding.