Immigration Law

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CA10 on CAT, Mexico, Cartels: Torrez de Lopez v. Garland
Posted on 16 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Torrez de Lopez v. Garland "Maria Torres de Lopez, a native and citizen of Mexico, appeals the denial of her application for deferral of removal under the United Nations Convention Against Torture (CAT). Exercising jurisdiction under 8 U.S.C. §... Read More

CA9 on Mexico, Cartels, Social Group, Nexus: Naranjo Garcia v. Wilkinson
Posted on 18 Feb 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Naranjo Garcia v. Wilkinson "Alicia Naranjo Garcia (“Garcia”) is a native and citizen of Mexico. Garcia petitions for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA”) decision affirming the Immigration Judge’s (“IJ”... Read More

Tags: Mexico , Cartels , asylum

CA7 on Asylum, Mexico, Cartel Violence: Gonzalez Ruano v. Barr
Posted on 25 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Gonzalez Ruano v. Barr "In September 2016, members of a Mexican drug cartel kidnapped, tortured, and threatened to kill petitioner Mauricio Gonzalez Ruano, who was living with his family in the Mexican state of Jalisco. ... We find that the record... Read More

Dallas IJ Deferral Victory: Mexico, Cartels, Torture, Govt. Acquiescence, Internal Relocation
Posted on 8 Jan 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Court will find that the Respondent could not avoid torture by relocating within Mexico based on the likelihood that the police or military law enforcement officials would disclose his whereabouts to cartel members. ... The Court finds that... Read More

Unpub. BIA CAT Remand: Mexico; Zetas; Whistleblower
Posted on 12 Apr 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"[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... Read More

Asylum, Withholding Victory (Mexico, Cartel Violence) in Boise, Idaho
Posted on 26 Jul 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

In Matter of X-, July 17, 2013 IJ Bennett ruled : "Respondent's application for asylum is granted because he has established a well-founded fear of future persecution based on his membership in the particular social group of relatives of law... Read More

Mexico's "Narco-Refugees": The Looming Challenge for U.S. National Security
Posted on 2 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Given the ever-increasing brutality of the cartels, the question is whether and how the United States Government should begin to prepare for what could be a new wave of migrants coming from Mexico. ... This monograph focuses on the asylum claims... Read More

Organized Crime, Violence, and Visas
Posted on 28 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"They enter the United States legally from Mexico with the proper papers and visas, but then they cannot go home. So they overstay their visas. They are surgeons, businesspeople, entrepreneurs, members of Mexico’s wealthy middle and upper... Read More

Juárez Man Granted Asylum; Family Killed by Cartels
Posted on 10 Jul 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A U.S. immigration court in a rare action granted asylum to a citizen of Mexico who fled Juárez after 11 of his relatives were killed by suspected drug cartel-sponsored extortionists, El Paso lawyer Carlos Spector said Monday. The court found... Read More

No Safe Place
Posted on 28 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A growing number of wealthy and middle-class Mexicans are fleeing rising violence and kidnappings perpetrated by criminal syndicates that have taken over swaths of Mexico." - Melissa del Bosque, The Texas Observer, Oct. 25, 2011 . Read More

Mexico Border Violence Keeping Would-Be Migrants Home
Posted on 4 Jun 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"His decision to stay behind had nothing to do with newfound job opportunities, or a belief in Mexico’s future, or even the possibility that he wouldn’t be able to find a job in Dallas, where he once worked as a cook. It was much... Read More

Tags: Mexico , zetas , Cartels , border