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En Banc CA9 on 'Social Visibility' - Henriquez-Rivas v. Holder

"Henriquez-Rivas claims she is entitled to asylum because, as a person who testified in a criminal trial against members of a gang who killed her father in El Salvador, she is a member of a particular social group, on account of which she faces a well-founded fear of persecution if she were to return...

CA9 on Political Opinion: Regalado-Escobar v. Holder

"Jorge Alberto Regalado-Escobar petitions for a review of the decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) denying his application for asylum, withholding of removal, and relief under the Convention Against Torture. We review questions of law de novo and the BIA’s factual findings, including...

CA9 on Persecutor Bar, Asylum: Kumar v. Holder

"Vijay Kumar petitions for review of the denial of his appeal by the Board of Immigration Appeals (the BIA). We hold that the BIA erred in failing to consider the circumstances particular to Kumar’s service as a prison guard in India. We grant the petition and remand for further consideration...

CA9 on Asylum, Russia, Persecution of Homosexuals: Doe v. Holder

"We grant the petition in this matter because we conclude that Doe met his burden of presenting evidence that the Russian government was unable or unwilling to control the nongovernmental actors who persecuted him because he is a homosexual. We also hold that in order to obtain the relief he requested...

CA9 on Guatemala, Social Group: Pirir-Boc v. Holder

Court staff summary: "The panel granted a petition for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’ denial of asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture, and remanded for further consideration in light of Henriquez-Rivas v. Holder, 707 F.3d 1081, 1083...

CA9 on India, Changed Conditions: Singh v. Holder

Majority: "The IJ and the BIA determined that the government showed that there has been a fundamental change in circumstances such that Singh’s life or freedom would not be threatened on account of his race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion...

CA9 on Political Opinion: Singh v. Holder

"Kamalpal Singh, a 51-year-old native and citizen of India, petitions for review from the BIA’s denial of his application for asylum and withholding of removal based on imputed political opinion. Singh entered the United States in 2006 after fleeing egregious physical abuse by the local police...

Man Shot In Crowd May Qualify For Asylum, 9th Circ. Finds

"The Board of Immigration Appeals erred by finding a Guatemalan man was ineligible for political asylum because police in his native country did not single him out when they shot into a crowd of protesters and struck him, the Ninth Circuit concluded Tuesday. The appeals court remanded the case...