Practice Pointer: Matter of L-E-A-

Last Updated

August 2, 2019

On July 29, 2019 the attorney general issued a decision, Matter of L-E-A-, 27 I&N Dec. 581 (A.G. 2019), overturning the part of the 2017 Board of Immigration Appeals decision in this case discussing whether Mr. L-E-A-’s proposed particular social group is cognizable. While the attorney general’s decision uses sweeping language about family-based particular social groups, the holding essentially states that each claim must be analyzed on a case-by-case basis. This practice pointer summarizes the decision and gives practitioners tips on how to represent asylum-seekers with family-based claims going forward.

CLINIC is co-counsel in L-E-A- and is monitoring how government officials and immigration judges are interpreting the attorney general’s opinion. To that end, please share with CLINIC redacted copies of any decisions that rely on the attorney general’s opinion by contacting Bradley Jenkins at