No. 20-1966.

996 F.3d 480 (2021)

Oscar GUZMAN-GARCIA, Petitioner, v. Merrick B. GARLAND, Attorney General of the United States, Respondent.

United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit.

Decided May 3, 2021.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Maria T. Baldini-Potermin , Attorney, Maria Baldini-Potermin & Associates, Lisa Chun , Attorney, National Immigrant Justice Center; Chicago, IL for Petitioner.

Rosanne M. Perry , Attorney, Department of Justice, Civil Division, Immigration Litigation, Washington, DC, for Respondent.

Before Ripple, Hamilton, and St. Eve, Circuit Judges.

Oscar Guzman-Garcia fled Mexico for the United States in 2006, fearing gang retaliation for witnessing the murder of his older brother. Unfortunately, he did not apply for asylum and withholding of removal until 2014—eight years after his unauthorized entry. As a result, the immigration judge ("IJ") determined that...

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