The handwriting is on the wall for many battered spouse asylum claims.

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Have you ever had the feeling that when someone is talking about one thing, in reality he is talking about something else? For example, a political leader may talk about some important principle that his country will never compromise about, which is a veiled warning to some other country, unnamed, that if it does not knock something off, it will pay a heavy price. Such is my feeling about two related Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) cases that came out…

Another unnoticed big case, this time about the meaning of “particular social group” in asylum law.

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

I last wrote about a case I thought would make a bigger splash than it did relating to voluntary departure. Today’s splashless big case is a case dealing with asylum, Henriquez-Rivas v. Holder, and in particular the term, “particular social group.” It is an en banc case in the Ninth Circuit published on February 13, 2013. By way of background, a person seeking asylum in the United States must show that he or she fears persecution in his or her…