Sealed, Unpublished CA10 Asylum Victory - "A.B." v. Sessions (Bangladesh, Religious Minorities)

Sealed, Unpublished CA10 Asylum Victory - "A.B." v. Sessions (Bangladesh, Religious Minorities)

"A.B." v. Sessions - "In light of Petitioner’s recent deportation to Bangladesh and concerns about his safety there, we use fictitious initials to protect his identity. ... The BIA did not cite, and we have not found, any evidence to refute these numerous reports of increased persecution of religious minorities in Bangladesh in the past few years. Although there is evidence that religious minorities in Bangladesh have always been at risk of some level of discrimination and violence, nothing in the record disproves Petitioner’s voluminous evidence that the level of violence and persecution has increased substantially since he filed his application for immigration relief in 2005. Thus, the BIA abused its discretion in disregarding all of this evidence of a significant increase in the persecution of religious minorities in Bangladesh. ... As in Qiu, the BIA “provided no rational, factually supported reason for denying Petitioner’s motion to reopen.” 870 F.3d at 1206. We therefore remand this case back to the BIA for further consideration. In so doing, we express no opinion as to the ultimate merits of the case. The petition for review is GRANTED and REMANDED. In light of Petitioner’s recent deportation to Bangladesh and his concerns about his safety there, we GRANT his motion to seal the case. This opinion shall be publicly filed, but all other documents relating to this case shall be kept under seal. All other pending motions are DENIED."