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Unpub. BIA on Asylum, Mexico, Social Group, Gender Identity: Matter of M-G-O-

March 23, 2014 (1 min read)

Ben Winograd writes: "In this unpublished decision, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) found the respondent, a citizen of Mexico, qualified for withholding of removal based on his membership in a particular social group consisting of effeminate gay males with female gender identities. The Board also remanded for further consideration of the respondent’s asylum application because the immigration judge failed to provide an opportunity to explain the reasons for her failure to meet the one-year filing deadline. The decision was written by Member Teresa Donovan and joined by Member Linda Wendtland. Member Roger Pauley concurred with the decision except for the order remanding for consideration of whether the respondent qualifies for an exception to the one-year filing deadline." - Matter of M-G-O-, AXXX XXX 611 (BIA Feb. 4, 2014, unpub.)  [Hats off to R. Andrew Free!]