3rd Circ. Says Evangelical Christian Not Eligible For Asylum

Law360 (February 5, 2020, 6:04 PM EST) -- The Third Circuit has refused to review a Board of Immigration Appeals decision denying asylum to an evangelical Christian, concluding the Guatemalan migrant failed to show he has a credible fear of being persecuted by gang members for his religious affiliation.

The three-judge panel said in a Tuesday opinion that Yonatan David Orozco-Perez failed to prove he belongs to a so-called particular social group that is eligible for asylum relief based on fear of prosecution under the Convention Against Torture Act.

Orozco-Perez argued evangelical Christians represent a particular social group being targeted by a local gang, according to the opinion. But...

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