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CA5 on Political Opinion, Opposition to FGM: Jalloh v. Barr

December 31, 2019 (1 min read)

Jalloh v. Barr (unpub.)

"The petitioner in this case fled his home country after receiving death threats for writing a newspaper article calling for the abolition of female genital mutilation. An immigration judge and the Board of Immigration Appeals rejected his request for asylum, ruling that his opposition to female genital mutilation did not qualify as a political opinion and failing to analyze his argument that he had a well-founded fear of future persecution. Because this was error, we grant the petition in part and remand the case for further proceedings."

[Hats off to Jason M. Wilcox and Keren Zwick!  Here's hoping they can persuade the Fifth Circuit to publish.]