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« on: July 18, 2010, 01:08:38 AM »

http://articles.latimes.com/2010/jul/13/local/la-me-guatemalan-woman-20100713

Does this also open the door for "mail order brides" to be members of a social group eligible for asylum especially if they are from countries where there is widespread violence against women?

Appeals court orders review of Guatemalan woman's asylum case

She seeks asylum on grounds that her life would be in danger if she were to be returned.

July 13, 2010|By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
A Guatemalan woman who argued in an asylum case that she would be in danger if she were to be returned to her native country because of the high rate of murders of women there can have her case reviewed, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday.

The court sent the case back to the Board of Immigration Appeals to consider whether Guatemalan women make up a "social group" and should be eligible for asylum based on that. In the ruling, the court ordered the board to determine whether Lesly Yajayra Perdomo has demonstrated a fear of persecution based on her membership in that group.

To obtain asylum, applicants must show that they are unable or unwilling to return home because of persecution or fear of persecution based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group.

Perdomo sneaked into the United States in 1991 to join her mother in Reno, where she now works as a Medicaid account executive.

In 2003, Perdomo appeared in immigration court and argued that she should receive asylum because she feared persecution, citing widespread violence against women in Guatemala, according to the ruling. She presented evidence about the torture and killing of women and the lack of response from the Guatemalan government.

The immigration court and the Board of Immigration Appeals ruled that "all women in Guatemala" or those between 14 and 40 years of age was too broad to qualify as a protected social group.

The 9th Circuit judges disagreed and said that they had previously determined that Gypsies, homosexuals and Somali woman facing genital mutilation made up social groups for purposes of asylum.

"What is most momentous about this is that the 9th Circuit is emboldening judges and trial lawyers who appear in immigration courts to make the case that women are capable of being a social group," said Bruce Einhorn, a former immigration judge who directs the asylum and refugee clinic at Pepperdine University School of Law. "It is not a guarantee, but it is an invitation to make that argument."

Einhorn said he didn't believe that the ruling opened the door to all women from a country experiencing a crime wave.

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« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2010, 08:21:12 PM »

Bronxman,

The Tahirih Justice Center owes you a debt of gratitude for offering them this valuable idea.  I have no doubt that they will henceforth develop theories to implement this idea and they will test it in the courts. 

They know that even if one court agrees with them out of five cases, they will continue to posit the same position in other courts, and eventually they may be able to make this law.  They will be pioneers again, with your idea.

After all, look what they did with IMBRA.  They got a grossly unconstitutional and sexist law through Congress that none of us would have thought would have had a snowball's chance in Hell.

And since we know that this forum is read by a Tahirih board member, Tahirih staff members and Tahirih outside attorneys, posting here is the surest way to get a message to them.
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Advocacy groups that get taxpayer money for "protecting" foreign women and the thoughtless media call foreign woman a "mail order bride" if she met her husband via internet.  This is American imperialism, it is denigrating, insulting and portrays the women as helpless fools.
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