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United States Fourth Circuit

Cordova v. Holder, 13-1597

A petition for review of the final order of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) denying petitioner asylum is granted and remanded, where: 1) the Immigration Judge (IJ) erred in failing to analyze the family-based social group that petitioner actually proposed, and the BIA did not address this legal error; and 2) the BIA's nexus analysis failed to build a rational bridge between the record and the agency's legal conclusion that petitioner's kinship ties to his cousin and uncle, who were gang members killed by a rival gang, did not constitute a central reason for the attacks petitioner suffered.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 07/18/2014
  • Published 07/18/2014


  • MOTZ


  • United States Fourth Circuit


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