Immigration: Asylum: On account of

To satisfy the nexus requirement for asylum and withholding of removal, it is not sufficient that the persecutor act from “a generalized ‘political’ motive. INS v. Elisa-Zaharias, 502 US 478 (1992). An alien must demonstrate that the persecutor harmed or may harm him “because of the alien’s political opinion or other protected trait. Id. at 483. An alien must provide some evidence, direct or circumstantial, that the persecutor’s motive to persecute arises from the alien’s political belief. Id. at 483.

The term “on account of” required only that an alien “produce evidence from which it is reasonable to believe that the harm was motivated, at least in part, by an actual or implied [sic] protected ground. Matter of T-M-B-, 21 I&N Dec. 775, 777 (BIA 1997), Briones v. I.N.S., 175 F.3d 727 (C.A.9, 1999)