9th Circ. Says Mexican Woman A Target For Cartel Retribution
Law360 (June 29, 2020, 6:06 PM EDT) — In a published decision, the Ninth Circuit has ruled that a lesbian Mexican woman is entitled to deportation relief, finding that Mexico’s efforts to quell cartel violence couldn’t guarantee her safety after she sent an operative, her abuser, to prison.
The panel on Friday ordered the deferral of Lucero Xochihua-Jaimes’ removal, determining that she had given enough evidence showing that cartel members would inflict retribution for her role in sending an operative to prison, and that the likely torture would be ignored by local police.
Xochihua-Jaimes applied for deportation relief under the Convention Against Torture. A Board of Immigration Appeals panel…