9th Circ. Says Wealth Doesn't Merit Asylum

Law360, New York (December 8, 2017, 5:51 PM EST) -- The Ninth Circuit affirmed on Thursday a Board of Immigration Appeals' decision tossing a Mexican native's pleading that he qualified for protection from removal proceedings because he is part of a social group of those perceived to have money, saying the group was "too amorphous to be particular."

In an unpublished opinion, the three-judge panel found that Hugo Enrique Suarez Herrera did not have a right to withholding of removal under the Convention Against Torture, concluding that the group did not meet the "social visibility" standard granting protection. Further, the panel added, his admissions to being in the U.S. without permission...

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