Attorney Susham M. Modi was
La Voz de Houston, Houston Chronicle's weekly Spanish language newspaper on August 24, 2014.
The article, written by Alvaro Ortiz, is titled, "The Difficulties
of Asylum Applications." The article explains the complexity of
applying for asylum and emphasizes the importance of hiring a reputable attorney. As an example
of the difficulty, the article discusses the recent surge in unaccompanied
alien children as a result of gang violence in Central American countries.
Generally, for asylum, an individual must fear returning to their home
country because of persecution by the government or a group that the government
cannot or will not control. This persecution must be on account of the
individual's race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or being
a member of a "particular social group." Many advocates for
asylum seekers have tried to argue that young men that resist recruitment
by violent Central American gangs belong to a "particular social
group". Many of these young men are threatened, physically harmed
or killed by the same gangs they refused to be a part of.
Attorney Modi is quoted, "There are some adverse decisions from the Board of Immigration
Appeals that say that the simple fact that [gangs] have tried to recruit
you does not mean that you belong to a particular social group."
Each case, however, must be decided on an individualized consideration
and due to the potential difficulty in these cases it is important to
hire a reputable
immigration attorney familiar with U.S. asylum law.