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May 5, 2011

10-1932 Moosa v. Holder

Immigration Asylum; Pakistan Being a single Westernized woman is not a sufficient reason to obtain asylum when facing removal to Pakistan. “The reasons cited by the Board and its conclusions are consistent with our repeated reminder that ‘general conditions of hardship that affect entire populations . . . are not persecution.’ Ahmed v. Gonzales, 467 […]

Mar 18, 2011

09-3179 Jiang v. Holder

Immigration Asylum; motions to reopen Where the evidence an asylum claimant offered in her motion to reopen was available at the original hearing, the motion was properly denied. “Nor can Jiang rely on her claim that because she has had two children in the United States she will face persecution in China for violations of […]

Feb 28, 2011

10-1397 Kiorkis v. Holder

Immigration Asylum; Lebanon It was not error to deny asylum to a Christian facing deportation to Lebanon. “Kiorkis’s argument concerning the evidentiary standards applied by the immigration court is not supported by the record. Kiorkis has failed to identify any part of Judge Kessler’s opinion that indicates that she did not weigh the totality of […]

Dec 23, 2010

10-1401 Lin v. Holder

Immigration Asylum; removal; credibility determinations An IJ did not err when she made an adverse credibility determination regarding appellant’s claims in an asylum application that the Chinese government had forced his wife’s abortion and sterilization, where there were inconsistencies in his testimony and the DHS submitted evidence that the certificates of those procedures were fal[...]

Nov 15, 2010

09-3033 Vahora v. Holder

Immigration Asylum; past persecution Witnessing acts of violence against others does not constitute persecution to support a claim for asylum. “We have no intention to minimize a child’s witnessing of a stabbing and other acts of violence committed against members of his own minority religious group. Nevertheless, under our precedent, the Board’s conclusion that the […]

Oct 8, 2010

08-3478 Toure v. Holder

Immigration Asylum Where an asylum claimant’s testimony was rife with inconsistencies, the immigration judge properly denied her claim. “Based on Toure’s testimony at the 2007 hearing alone, the IJ had sufficient grounds to find her testimony incredible. Toure’s testimony was replete with material inconsistencies, including the length and conditions of her confinement, her [...]


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