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CA3 on CAT, Procedural Failures, Not Following Instructions: Llanes-Quintero v. Atty. Gen.

August 24, 2023 (1 min read)

Llanes-Quintero v. Atty. Gen. (unpub.)

"On Petition for Review of a Final Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals. (Agency No. A209-343-065). Immigration Judge: David Cheng. ... As for Quinteros's Convention Against Torture claim, our precedent requires the agency to follow certain steps. Yet neither the judge nor the Board did so. ... Here, neither the immigration judge nor the Board followed our instructions. ... Those procedural failures infected the agency's decisions. Neither the immigration judge nor the Board considered a separate death threat and beatings that Quinteros got from gang members. In gauging the likelihood and severity of future harm, the agency should have considered the gang's death threat too. See Herrera-Reyes v. Att'y Gen., 952 F.3d 101, 112 n.5 (3d Cir. 2020). So we will grant the petition as to Quinteros's Convention Against Torture claim, vacate the Board's order, and remand."

[Hats off to Thomas E. Moseley!]