Garcia-Callejas v. Holder, No. 11-1084 (1st Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
Petitioner, born in El Salvador, entered the U.S. illegally in 2006. The Department of Homeland Security brought removal proceedings, 8 U.S.C. 1182(a)(6)(A)(i). He conceded removability and filed an application for withholding of removal and Convention Against Torture protection, claiming that he would be harmed by criminal gangs, prevalent in El Salvador, whose attempts to recruit him he had resisted and that the gangs would perceive him as wealthy because of his time in the U.S. and therefore subject him to further threats and violence. The IJ held that his fear was genuine, but that there was neither a sufficient likelihood of harm nor was the feared harm directed at a statutorily protected social group. The Board affirmed. The First Circuit denied review.