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CA9 on CAT, Mexico, Zetas, LGBTQ: Xochihua-Jaimes v. Barr
Posted on 26 Jun 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Xochihua-Jaimes v. Barr "Substantial evidence does not support the BIA’s determination that Petitioner failed to meet her burden of proof under CAT that she would more likely than not be tortured, with the consent or acquiescence of a public... Read More

Tags: torture , cat , Mexico , zetas , LGBT

CA7 on CAT, Mexico, Fear of Torture by Zetas: Rivas-Peña v. Sessions
Posted on 23 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Rivas-Peña v. Sessions - "Pedro Rivas-Pena has been a lawful permanent resident of the United States and is a citizen of Mexico. He faces removal to Mexico because of a state drug trafficking conviction. He has applied for deferral of removal... Read More

CA7 (Posner) on Mexico, CAT, Zetas - Rodriguez-Molinero v. Lynch
Posted on 17 Dec 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Rodriguez-Molinero v. Lynch, Dec. 17, 2015 - "If the Mexican government could be expected to protect the petitioner from the Zetas should he be returned to Mexico, the risk that he would be tortured or killed might be too slight to entitle him to... 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

Major CA9 Decision re Mexico, Zetas, Asylum, Withholding, CAT: Tapia Madrigal v. Holder
Posted on 15 May 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Victor Hugo Tapia Madrigal, a former member of the Mexican military, petitions for review of a decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) denying him asylum, withholding of removal and relief under the Convention Against Torture (CAT). Because... 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