CA7 on Political Opinion, Palestine: Jabr v. Holder

"The issue here is whether Jabr sufficiently showed that the persecution he endured was on account of a statutorily protected ground. The IJ concluded that members of the PIJ were simply interested in recruiting Jabr and found nothing in the record to suggest that they beat him because of his political...

CA7 (Posner) on Asylum, China, Forced Sterilization: Chen v. Holder

"We complained in Zheng v. Holder, 666 F.3d 1064, 1068 (7th Cir. 2012), about the Board’s insouciant attitude toward evidence of forced sterilization in Fujian, an attitude illustrated by the Board’s opinion in this case. ... The Justice Department’s brief in this court is even...

CA7 on Past Persecution, Moldova: Sirbu v. Holder

"Moldovan citizens Victor Sirbu and his wife Iulia Prodan applied for asylum in the United States, as well as for withholding of removal and protection under the Convention Against Torture. Sirbu fears persecution by the Moldovan government based on his active and vocal opposition to the Communist...

CA7 (Posner) on Asylum, China, Changed Conditions, Chenery: Liu v. Holder

"The Justice Department insists that the only change was in the petitioner’s personal conditions. That is wrong. It ignores the change in country conditions. In arguing that reopening was barred because the only change was in personal conditions, the Department was once again violating the...

CA7 on Social Group: Cece v. Holder

"The immigration judge granted Cece asylum in 2006, concluding that she belonged to the group of “young women who are targeted for prostitution by traffickers in Albania,” and that the Albanian government was unwilling or unable to protect such women. ... The Board dismissed Cece’s...

CA7 on Derivative Asylum, Social Group, Internal Relocation: N.L.A. v. Holder

"The immigration judge concluded that N.L.A. failed to meet her burden of proof that she has suffered from past persecution or that she would suffer from future persecution on the basis of her membership in a social group of land owners (or some permutation of that category) or because of her political...

CA7 on Social Group; Mexico; Honest Police: R.R.D. v. Holder

"While R.R.D. was an investigator for Mexico’s Federal Agency of Investigation, he arrested hundreds of suspects and repeatedly testified against drug traffickers. Drug organizations offered bribes to get him out of their hair and, when he refused, tried to kill him under their “plata...