The REAL ID Act, a law which was passed in 2005, included parts that related to immigration. On a positive note, it eliminated the 10,000 annual limit for asylees to become legal permanent residents. As a result, a wait for a green card that used to take over 10 years became a one year wait.
Unfortunately, the law also works against asylum applicants by requiring that they provide all documents that are "reasonably obtainable." Applicants can only rely on their own testimony if they cannot provide the evidence. For example, if an applicant filed a police report against someone who attacked her in her home country, she may be required to provide the police report.
Immigration Judges use this law to deny asylum whenever applicants do not provide documentary proof. Recently, the Second Circuit ruled that this was wrong. It held that Immigration Judges must explain WHY the documents are reasonably available.
If your asylum case was denied for credibility, please call the Weston law office of Blandon Law at (954) 385-0157 for a possible motion to reopen.