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CA7 on Asylum, Mexico, Cartel Violence: Gonzalez Ruano v. Barr

April 25, 2019 (1 min read)

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 here compels a finding that the torture and persecution Gonzalez Ruano has suffered in the past and fears in the future were and would be because of his membership in the “particular social group” of his wife’s family. Gonzalez Ruano thus demonstrated statutory eligibility for asylum in the United States. We GRANT his petition for review and REMAND the case to the Board for further proceedings consistent with this opinion."

[Hats off to Lisa Katharine Koop, Ashley Huebner and Mark Aaron Schwartz!]