Foreigners who are applying for asylum before an Immigration Judge are given time to explain what happened in their home countries. They are also usually allowed to present all documents that they think might demonstrate that they will be harmed in their home country. That's what an asylum hearing is all about.
If an Immigration Judge denies the case without allowing the foreigner the opportunity to testify, the case will be reversed on appeal. In other words, if this happens, you should immediately contact the Weston immigration law firm of Blandon Law at (954) 385-0157. There is a 30 day deadline to file an appeal.
In the case of Oshodi v. Holder, decided just last month (August 2013), the Ninth Circuit ruled that asylum applicants have a constitutional right to testify. The Immigration Judge in that case wrongfully limited the foreigner's words to his responses to cross-examination.
We look forward to helping you fulfill your immigration goals.