Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

We expect orders from the February 17 conference on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. There is a possibility of opinions on Wednesday, February 22.
On Tuesday the court hears oral argument in Hernández v. Mesa. Amy Howe has our preview.
On Tuesday the court also hears oral argument in McLane Co. v. EEOC. Charlotte Garden has our preview.

Gaitan v. Holder

Petition for certiorari denied on October 29, 2012
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
11-1525 8th Cir. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2012

Issue: Whether, for purposes of the Immigration and Nationality Act, under which a non-citizen can qualify as a “refugee” (and therefore be eligible for asylum) if he is unwilling or unable to return to his country of origin “because of . . . a well-founded fear of persecution on account of . . . membership in a particular social group,” the Board of Immigration Appeals' new definition of “particular social group” – which requires those seeking asylum to prove that their group possesses “social visibility” and “particularity” – is arbitrary and capricious under the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. § 706(2)(A), or unreasonable under Chevron U.S.A. Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc..

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