The Ninth Circuit responds to the BIA in Pirir-Boc v. Holder.

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

The Ninth Circuit published a “particular social group” case this week, another salvo in the particular social group definition dialectic of the BIA and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The term “particular social group” relates to one of the five grounds for granting asylum, which I blogged about most recently hereĀ  and here. The most recent post was about two BIA cases, Matter of W-G-R- and Matter of M-E-V-G-, which addressed particular social group in the gang context. The…

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…