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CA7 on CAT, Mexico, Fear of Torture by Zetas: Rivas-Peña v. Sessions

August 23, 2018 (1 min read)

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 under the Convention Against Torture, alleging that he fears returning to Mexico because members of Los Zetas cartel consider him responsible for the loss of drugs and currency worth more than half a million dollars. An immigration judge dismissed as “speculative” Rivas-Pena’s fear of retribution from the cartel, denied his application for Convention Against Torture deferral, and ordered him removed to Mexico. The Board of Immigration Appeals upheld the judge’s decision, and Rivas-Pena petitions for review. Because neither the immigration judge nor the Board articulated any basis for disagreeing with an expert opinion that corroborates Rivas-Pena’s fear of
torture, we grant the petition for review and remand for further proceedings."

[Hats way off to Carla I. Espinoza!  Here's a link to the oral argument.]