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AG decides Matter of L-E-A-, narrowing family-based PSGs

  1. Date Announced

    July 29, 2019

    Under Matter of L-E-A-, most nuclear families are not inherently socially distinct and therefore do not qualify as “particular social groups.” Adjudicators analyzing asylum claims based on membership in a family unit must consider whether that specific family is “set apart, or distinct, from other persons within the society in some significant way.”

    [ID #86]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    July 29, 2019
  3. Subsequent Action

    Litigation filed in D.D.C. court 11/25/19, S.A.P v. Barr, Case No. 1:19-cv-03549

Type of Action: Adjudication
Subject Matter: Asylum, Withholding and CAT
Agencies Affected: ICE USCIS AG EOIR

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