Being ‘imputed wealthy Americans’ can’t save couple from deportation, court rules
A federal appeals court Monday upheld the denial of asylum to a Mexican couple who contended they would be tortured if returned to Mexico for being “imputed wealthy Americans.”
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said the couple, who live in California, were ineligible for protection under the Convention Against Torture.
“We hold that the proposed group of ‘imputed wealthy Americans’ is not a discrete class of persons recognized by society as a particular social group,” a three-judge panel said.
The couple said the social group represented a subset of Mexicans who return home from the United States and have the physical appearance and mannerisms of Americans. Members of the group are targeted for violence in Mexico, the couple argued.
Kari E. Hong, an Oakland lawyer who represented the couple, declined comment.
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