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American Gangsters Prey on Immigrants in Kansas

"Nearly two dozen members of an Hispanic gang were arrested in Kansas this week under a federal grand jury indictment accusing them of victimizing [unauthorized] immigrants who do their business in cash and are reluctant to go to law enforcement because of their immigration status. ... U.S....

Gang and Cartel Violence: A Reason To Grant Political Asylum from Mexico and Central America

"People fleeing gang violence in Mexico and Central America have been, for the most part, denied asylum in the U.S. Nonetheless, modern interpretations of refugee and international law suggest that there is more merit to these claims for asylum than is currently accepted. U.S. courts have focused...

CA9 on Guatemala, Social Group: Pirir-Boc v. Holder

Court staff summary: "The panel granted a petition for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’ denial of asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture, and remanded for further consideration in light of Henriquez-Rivas v. Holder, 707 F.3d 1081, 1083...

Unpub. BIA CAT Victory: Mexico; Imputed Gang Affiliation

"[T]he respondent has presented evidence, undisputed by the DHS, that the Federal Government and at least one local government in the United States have identified him as a member of the Norteño gang and have done so in the presence of rival gang members. ... Unrebutted evidence presented...

Gang Asylum (Guatemala, Mara-18) Victory in Hartford Immigration Court

Prof. Jon Bauer writes: "On January 14, 2015, Judge Philip Verrillo of the Hartford, CT Immigration Court issued a written decision granting asylum to a Guatemalan man who was threatened with death, along with his family, by members of the Mara-18 gang because he had filed a complaint with the police...

CA7 on El Salvador, Former Gang Members - Romero Arrazabal v. Lynch

Romero Arrazabal v. Lynch, May 4, 2016 - "Arrazabal fears that if he is returned to El Salvador, he will be persecuted by his gang, a rival gang, or the police. An immigration judge found his testimony incredible and denied all relief; the Board of Immigration Appeals upheld that decision. Arrazabal...

CA9 on Visa Denials: Cardenas v. U.S.

Cardenas v. U.S., June 21, 2016 - "A consular officer denied the visa application of Rolando Mora-Huerta, a Mexican national, on the ground that he was a “gang associate” who intended to enter the United States to engage in unlawful conduct. See 8 U.S.C. § 1182(a)(3)(A)(ii). This...