July 18, 2014 4th Circuit published opinion

Cordova v Holder

Cordova petitioned for review of his denied asylum claim. The panel, 2-1, granted the petition and remanded for further proceedings. The majority held that the immigration appeals board failed to consider the social group Cordova actually pled as his basis for his asylum claim and also erred by failing to focus on Cordova’s family relationship to now deceased gang members in relation to threats form a rival gang and also erred in concluding the threats from the rival gang to Cordova wee not related to his family membership given the threats were explicitly based on his family members and were not recruitment  or extortion threats. The dissent argued that the family based claim and substantial evidence supports its conclusion that family membership was not a reason Cordova was targeted by gangs.

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