ICE, EOIR and CA1 Throw Informant to the Wolves: Costa v. Holder

ICE, EOIR and CA1 Throw Informant to the Wolves: Costa v. Holder

"Elisabete Costa, a Brazilian citizen, petitions for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals' ("BIA") order affirming her removal to Brazil. Costa entered the United States illegally in 2003. Thereafter, she began working with Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE") agents to identify sellers of fraudulent immigration documents. Because of her work, she faced harassment in the United States and reported threats back home in Brazil. Eventually, the harassment led Costa to stop assisting ICE. The government then reinstated a prior removal order against her. She sought withholding of removal and relief under the United Nations Convention Against Torture, claiming that she faced persecution and torture in Brazil because of her work with ICE. The Immigration Judge ("IJ") denied both applications, and the BIA affirmed. On review of the record before us, we deny Costa's petition." - Costa v. Holder, Oct. 4, 2013.