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Unpub. BIA FGM Asylum Victory; Exception to One-Year Rule; Guinea

Prof. Jon Bauer writes: "I'm attaching here a BIA decision that may be of interest, issued October 10, 2012 in a case handled by the University of Connecticut Law School's Asylum and Human Rights Clinic. Our client has consented to allow the decision to be distributed. The decision overturns...

CA6 on Unsworn Documents as Evidence: Zhang v. Holder

"Yu Yun Zhang, proceeding through counsel, petitions this court to review an order from the Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA” or “Board”) that denied her motion to reopen her immigration proceedings based on changed country conditions. The parties have waived oral argument...

Unpub. BIA Asylum Victory, 'Changed Personal Circumstances' - Matter of Chen

"While we agree with the Immigration Judge that "changed personal circumstances" do not, in and of themselves, constitute an exception to the filing deadline for asylum, we recognize that changed personal circumstances may form the basis of an exception under section 208(a)(2)(D) of the...

Unpub. BIA Asylum Victory; China; Breach of Confidentiality

"The respondent's motion alleges that a United States official advised her that in obtaining the respondent's travel documents, for the purpose of removal, he communicated by email with the Chinese Consulate in such a way as to breach the confidentiality requirements at 8 C.F .R. §...

Unpub. BIA Remand: Right to Full Hearing

IJ determined written asylum application did not present a prima facie case and refused to hold a full hearing on the issue. BIA remanded. (But note dissent by Pauley.) - Matter of X-, Feb. 11, 2013 . [Hats off to Patricia G. Mattos.]

Unpub. BIA Asylum Victory, China, One Child Policy (U.S.-Born Children)

Ted Cox writes: "First BIA decision to affirmatively grant asylum on merits for Chinese one child policy case based on children born in the US!" - Matter of X-, July 15, 2013 .

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...

Unpub. BIA Asylum Victory, Senegal, FGM

"Contrary to the Immigration Judge's finding (I.J. at 10-11), the fact that the respondent does not fear being subjected to female genital mutilation upon her return to Senegal is insufficient to rebut the presumption of future persecution. Rather, an asylum applicant who has suffered female...

Unpub. BIA Asylum Victory, Cameroon, Political Opinion

"[T]he Immigration Judge found that, despite her finding that the respondent lacked credibility, the evidence of record - to particularly include the credible testimony of one of the respondent's witnesses, Mr. Jean Claude Nkem-Kong-Nkem -otherwise established that the respondent had experienced...

Unpub. BIA Asylum Victory, Somalia, FGM

"In sum, we conclude that the respondent met her burden of proof for asylum based on suffering FGM and that she merits relief as a matter of discretion." - Matter of X-, Dec. 31, 2013 . [Hats off to Kim Hunter !]

Unpub. BIA on Asylum, Mexico, Social Group, Gender Identity: Matter of M-G-O-

Ben Winograd writes: "In this unpublished decision, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) found the respondent, a citizen of Mexico, qualified for withholding of removal based on his membership in a particular social group consisting of effeminate gay males with female gender identities. The Board...

BIA on Right to Asylum Hearing: Matter of E-F-H-L-

"In the ordinary course of removal proceedings, an applicant for asylum or for withholding or deferral of removal is entitled to a hearing on the merits of those applications, including an opportunity to provide oral testimony and other evidence, without first having to establish prima facie eligibility...

BIA on Asylum Fraud: Matter of P-S-H-

"To terminate a grant of asylum pursuant to 8 C.F.R. § 1208.24 (2013), the Department of Homeland Security must establish, by a preponderance of the evidence, that (1) there was fraud in the alien’s asylum application and (2) the fraud was such that the alien was not eligible for asylum...

Unpub. BIA Bond Victory; El Salvador; Asylum; El Paso; Virginia

"On appeal, the respondent argues that the Immigration Judge erred in concluding that she was an extreme flight risk and that no amount of bond would reasonably assure her appearance at future immigration proceedings. The appeal will be sustained. The respondent, a native and citizen of EI Salvador...

Unpub. BIA Asylum Remand Victory: Honduras, Social Group

"Since the time of the respondent's hearing, the Board has issued several decisions addressing the issue of particular social group. See Matter of M-E-V-G-, 26 I&N Dec. 227 (BIA 2014), and Matter of W-G-R-, 26 I&N Dec. 208 (BIA 2014) (clarifying what is required to establish a particular...

Unpub. BIA Asylum Remand Victory; China

"Upon our de novo review, we will reverse the Immigration Judge's conclusion that the harm the lead respondent experienced does not rise to the level of persecution. ... We will remand for the Immigration Judge to allow the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) an opportunity to rebut the presumption...

BIA on Competency, Asylum - Matter of J-R-R-A-

OFFICIAL HEADNOTE : If an applicant for asylum has competency issues that affect the reliability of his testimony, the Immigration Judge should, as a safeguard, generally accept his fear of harm as subjectively genuine based on the applicant’s perception of events. - Matter of J-R-R-A-, 26 I&N...

BIA on Asylum, Credibility, Time Bar: Matter of M-A-F-, 26 I&N Dec. 651 (BIA 2015)

Official Headnotes : (1) Where an applicant has filed an asylum application before the May 11, 2005, effective date of the REAL ID Act of 2005, Division B of Pub. L. No. 109-13, 119 Stat. 302, and, on or after that date, submitted a subsequent application that is properly viewed as a new application...

Unpub. BIA PSG (Pro Bono) Asylum Victory - Honduran Journalist

Hats off to Kramer Levin pro bono attorney Marsha Sukach , volunteering for the BIA Pro Bono Appeals Project , who scored this ' particular social group ' asylum win on appeal: "[W]e conclude that the respondent has demonstrated he suffered past persecution on account of his membership...

Unpub. BIA Asylum Victory Extends Matter of A-R-C-G-

Stephen W. Yale-Loehr , Professor of Immigration Law Practice, Cornell Law School, writes: "[ Linked here ] is a redacted version of a recent [18 Dec 2015] BIA asylum victory that my colleague Sital Kalantry and two Cornell law students litigated. The case involves a woman from El Salvador who was...

CA5 on Asylee Adjustment/Termination, C-J-H-, Chevron: Ali v. Lynch

Ali v. Lynch, Feb. 22, 2016 - "When affirming IJ Greenstein’s assertion that Ali’s LPR status terminated his asylum status, and as a result, Ali’s deportation proceedings could commence without termination of his asylum status, the BIA relied on its precedential decision, C-J-H...

Unpub. BIA Asylum Victory: Honduras, Domestic Violence, Social Group

Christina Brown writes, "[Here is an] unpublished BIA decision granting asylum on an A-R-C-G- claim for an unmarried woman in a short term relationship. If you need any additional information, including facts about the case, please do not hesitate to contact me." The Law Office of Christina...

Unpub. BIA Asylum Remand: Social Group; Nexus; Mexico

Matter of X-, Apr. 18, 2016, unpub . - "[A]nalysis is also required as to the issues of particular social group cognizability and nexus. The proposed social group in this case is "working class, single women in Michoacan." ... we conclude 'that a remand is warranted for further proceedings...

Cornell Asylum Clinic Wins BIA Remand for Somali (unpub., May 25, 2016)

Stephen W. Yale-Loehr, Professor of Immigration Law Practice, Cornell Law School , and Co-Author, Immigration Law & Procedure Treatise , writes: "My colleague Estelle McKee and two students (Jamie Long and Melvin Wu) just won a remand from the BIA in an appeal by a Somali (Mr. D-) who had suffered...

Unpublished BIA Victory in Religious Persecution Case - Benin

Cornell Law Prof. Steve Yale-Loehr writes: "Krsna Avila and Yanet Cordero, two of our students in the Cornell asylum appeals clinic, just won a remand from the BIA in a case involving religious persecution in Benin. The case involved a man who converted from Voudon (also known as Voodoo) to Christianity...