On Friday, February 23, 2024, the Board of Immigration Appeals issued an order immediately suspending Yuri Jorge Valenzuela Flores from practicing law before immigration courts and the Department of Homeland Security.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Yuri Jorge Valenzuela Flores.”

The order was in response to a joint petition from the Disciplinary Counsel for the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the Disciplinary Counsel for the Department of Homeland Security. In their petition, they noted that on December 19, 2023, Valenzuela Flores had been immediately and indefinitely suspended from practicing law in Puerto Rico by the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico.

Citing the grounds for immediate suspension listed in the Code of Federal Regulations, the Board of Immigration Appeals granted the petition and suspended Valenzuela Flores pending the outcome of the disciplinary proceedings. Their order requires Valenzuela Flores to notify any clients with pending immigration cases of the suspension and to maintain records of doing so.

The order will be made public through posting at immigration courts and relevant DHS offices. However, the Board of Immigration Appeals may set aside the suspension order if good cause is shown that it is in the interest of justice to do so. With this order, Valenzuela Flores is currently barred from representing clients in immigration proceedings.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.