We represented an individual from El Salvador who was persecuted because he is gay. He had been attacked on numerous occasions because he was a homosexual. Asylum was unavailable for our client because he had waited longer than a year to apply. Instead, we filed for withholding of removal as a form of relief and an individual hearing was scheduled before an Immigration Judge. After direct testimony of our client, the Immigration Judge stopped the proceedings and told the government attorney that he was ready to grant the withholding of removal. The Department of Homeland Security attorney tried to argue against granting relief, but after our rebuttal the Judge agreed with us and allowed our client to remain in the United States. The government attorney never got to ask a single question of our client.
Withholding of Removal Granted.