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Arevalo-Giron v. Holder, 10-2357

In removal proceedings in which a Guatemalan national applied for withholding of removal, asserting that if returned to Guatemala, she would face persecution on account of her status as either a single woman with perceived wealth or a former "child of war," the petition for review of a BIA decision affirming the immigration judge's denial of relief is denied, where: 1) the BIA was correct in finding that any potential hardship faced by the petitioner in Guatemala would be unrelated to her membership in either of the purported social groups; 2) the petitioner could not establish past persecution; 3) the situation described in the country conditions report was not so pervasive as to compel the conclusion that the petitioner was likely to suffer harm upon her return to her homeland; and 4) the petitioner did not show any connection between the violence that she feared and the government of Guatemala.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 01/31/2012
  • Published 01/31/2012


  • Selya


  • United States First Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • Stephen M. Born, Ada E. Bosque

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