In an unpublished decision, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) strongly critiqued an Immigration Judge's denial of asylum. The judge had listed a number of reasons as to why the applicant was not credible. The applicant testified to beatings, arrests, and sexual abuse by police and persons senior to him, on account of his sexual orientation.
After an asylum case is denied, an applicant has 30 days to appeal it to the BIA. As in that case, an appeal is vital because another person may understand the applicant's view better than the Immigration Judge who decided the matter the first time.
Importantly, in this unpublished opinion (which is available to attorneys but not the public), the BIA held that the applicant -- who was detained -- WAS credible and that the Immigration Judge was incorrect. Moreover, the applicant established past
persecution based on his testimony. As a result, the BIA ordered he be granted relief from deportation.
To see how the Blandon Law can help you with your asylum case, including using unpublished decisions, call the Florida office at (954) 385-0157.