Unpub. BIA Remand Victory: CAT, Mexico, credibility, social group

"[T]he adverse credibility finding is clearly erroneous inasmuch as it based on minor inconsistencies and improper speculation (Resp. Br. at 15). See Ren v. Holder, 648 F.3d 1 (9th Cir. 2011) (trivial inconsistencies that under total circumstances have no bearing on petitioner's veracity should...

Unpub. (Pro Se) BIA CAT Victory: Gay Men Subject to Torture in Jamaica; Bromfield Cited

Matter of X-, June 7, 2012, unpub . - "As urged by the applicant on appeal, the evidence in the record indicates that the situation in Jamaica involves more than isolated instances of discrimination or harassment based on homophobic societal attitudes in Jamaica. Specifically, we consider that the...

Unpub. BIA CAT Remand: Mexico; Zetas; Whistleblower

"[T]he applicant also testified that he was beaten by police officers because his friend's mother reported the incident with the Zeta Cartel to the police (11. at 4' Tr. at 63-65). The Immigration Judge did not assess whether the applicant's alleged harm by the police constitutes a valid...

Unpub. BIA CAT / Mental Competency Remand (Ethiopia/Eritrea)

Stephen Yale-Loehr writes: "Our Cornell immigration appeals clinic just won an unpublished remand from the BIA in an interesting Ethiopian/Eritrean CAT case. The case largely concerned Matter of M-A-M- mental competency issues. The BIA also ordered the IJ to conduct additional fact-finding on remand...

BIA on Termination of CAT Deferral: Matter of C-C-I-

(1) Reopening of removal proceedings for a de novo hearing to consider termination of an alien’s deferral of removal pursuant to 8 C.F.R. § 1208.17(d)(1) (2014), is warranted where the Government presents evidence that was not considered at the previous hearing if it is relevant to the possibility...

Unpub. BIA CAT Remand Victory; Mexico; Mental Illness; Gang Membership

"We agree with the respondent that the Immigration Judge's analysis overlooked the discussion in the DRI report regarding the use of long-term physical restraints, and how the physical pain caused by such use may constitute torture. ... The Immigration Judge also did not consider the report's...

Unpub. BIA CAT Victory: Mexico; Imputed Gang Affiliation

"[T]he respondent has presented evidence, undisputed by the DHS, that the Federal Government and at least one local government in the United States have identified him as a member of the Norteño gang and have done so in the presence of rival gang members. ... Unrebutted evidence presented...