Unpub. BIA Credibility Remand: Camaroon

Unpub. BIA Credibility Remand: Camaroon

David L. Cleveland of Catholic Charities of Washington writes: "Respondent, from Cameroon, testified he was imprisoned and beaten three times.  He also gave the court a fake photo of his injuries. The Immigration Judge denied asylum, deeming respondent not credible, in large part because of the fake photo.  The BIA reversed and remanded, noting that the Immigration Judge had not considered other evidence of record, including country conditions and a medical affidavit from an American physician.  The BIA stated that the "submitted evidence cumulatively may be sufficient to rehabilitate the respondent's credibility or establish independently past persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution. See Camara v. Ashcroft, 378 F.3d 361 (4th Cir. 2004)."  The BIA also noted that there are "human rights abuses against those who oppose the government and impunity for the violations."  Comment: this case illustrates the rule that it is possible for a non-credible applicant to be granted asylum.  At times, a genuine refugee will lie."