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Immigration Law

CA3 on Persecution, China: Liang v. Atty. Gen.

Liang v. Atty. Gen.

"Divide and conquer is a good military strategy but a bad judicial one. Judges must consider how related facts weave together into a narrative. Chinese officials caught Cha Liang practicing his faith, so they beat, jailed, and then threatened him. When he sought asylum, the Board of Immigration Appeals minimized the threats and physical abuse as discrete incidents. But Liang’s twenty-minute beating and fifteen days in jail made the later threats more menacing. Because the Board should not have ignored this context, we will grant the petition and remand."

[Hats off to David Yan!]