CA7 on 'Reasoned Explanation' - Ni v. Holder

"The courts of appeals have received scores of strikingly similar petitions for review involving Fujian Province in recent years, and we have regularly upheld the BIA’s refusal to grant relief in such proceedings. Routine can be numbing, however, and it can lead to errors. Here, in evaluating...

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 Belarus, Evidence: Sobaleva v. Holder

"We conclude that two significant flaws in the decisions of both the immigration judge and the Board require that the petition be granted and the case remanded for further consideration. First, the judge and the Board applied the wrong legal standard to conclude that Sobaleva was not persecuted...