To obtain asylum, foreign nationals must demonstrate that they suffered past harm or are more likely than not to suffer harm in the future if returned to their countries. This balancing of interests occurs often in the law, which is why the symbol is a woman holding a balance. Which side weighs more, likely to be harmed or not likely to be harmed?
Blandon Law organizes evidence including country condition reports to tip the scales in favor of our clients.
In a recent case -- Sirbu v. Holder -- the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals reminded an immigration judge of the correct standard of proof. As demonstrated by that opinion, even experienced judges sometimes get confused. Foreign nationals do NOT need to provide evidence that "compels a finding" that they suffered past harm.