Thursday, April 27, 2017

activist from Egypt #2

-did you give food/$/ trash bags to the organization?
If someone videotaped you, what would the video show?  Pretend the video is played with no sound; all you can see is you. What are you doing in the video? Sitting on a chair? Walking on the sidewalk? On the street? On the grass?
Why did you throw stones? Did you hit anyone?
Did you ever ask anyone else to throw stones?
Why did you protest/?
What did you see with your own eyes? What did you hear, with your own ears?
Why did the officer hit you?
Why did the officer shoot at you?
You gave food to the men? Did any of the food go to men doing violence?
Did you give anything of value to them? Such as 50 cents, a cold drink, a ride in your taxi? Shelter, housing?
Ever help anyone, even if under duress?
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You departed from your country 3 years ago? In the last 3 years, did your brother suffer any harm? Your mother?  Any threats to them?
Has anyone asked about you, in the last 3 years? NO? so, the government has forgotten about you? You have done nothing in the past three years to bring yourself to the attention of your government?
If you return to your country, what would happen?
Is there anything else?

Is there anything else?

an activist from Egypt #1

Questions asked of an activist from Egypt
   Interview lasted 3 ½ hours; it started 2 ½ hours late

Show me your passport! You were able to re-new it?
Who helped you prepare your app? How did he help you? Did you prepare it first in French, and then translate into English? Was it read back to you in French?
Does your statement contain all of your harm? Really? All of it?
Was your statement first prepared in French, or what? Did you write it, or did your lawyer?
When did you last depart from your country?
For each country that you were in, what was your immigration status?
Tell me about all the jobs you have ever held, beginning 23 years ago!who was your employer in 1984? Yes, that is 23 years ago; so what?
What was your job in 1990? In 1995?
What were you doing in 2003? Live where? Work where? Immigration status? Political activity? Why nothing?
TELL ME THE MONTH/YEAR/CITY!  If you say, “july 5th,” then you are going to make me guess the year and the city?  You think I know what year you are talking about?


Who organized the protest?  The “X” party? Who are they? Are they 100% non-violent?
You “support” the X party? What does “support” mean?
-give $? Tell your friends it is a good organization? Ask friends to join it/
Attend meetings/rallies/demonstrations?  Ask your friends to give $?

What does “organize” mean?  Someone stands up, and tells people where to stand? Walk? Tells them what to say? Arranges for food and transport?

How did the protest come into existence? Who planned it? Where? When? How did you hear about it?

Friday, February 3, 2017

mistake = lie

Marouf v. Lynch,  811 F.3d 174 (6th Cir. 2016)

The Immigration Judge denied asylum to Mr. M:

1] M testified his nose was broken in 2007 when he was punched by an angry Muslim. 
     His wife wrote that it happened in 2006.
     His mother wrote that his nose was broken in an accident.

2] M testified that on the day of the attack, he saw 100 people in a mob outside of his house.
          He later testified that he was attacked by 40 people.

3] Injuries to his cousin: first, M said that cousin suffered a broken shoulder;
                       later, he said a broken arm;

                              still later, he said a broken hand.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

an activist from Burundi #3

The asylum officer asked:
Tell me about money: who paid your salary? who paid for your plane tickets?
   Who paid money to your brother?
You say your government hates you, but they voluntarily pay you money?
Do you often pay money to someone you are angry at?
How do you know if Smith received the money?
did you see it with your own eyes? did Smith tell you he got the money?
So, you don't know for sure, but you believe he got the money? Does anyone else believe he got the money?
What did the president of your country say about your ethnic group?
How do you know he said that?
How would anyone know if you are a member of that ethnic group?
if someone knows your last name, he would assume something?
if someone heard you speak in the Swahili language, he would believe something?
if someone just looks at you, while you are silent, how would he know your ethnic group?
you were in the military? tell me your complete employment history? did you shoot a grandmother because of her ethnic group?
you say that Smith wanted to kill you? why didn't he? didn't you go to work at the same office day after day? you lived at the same house day after day? were you difficult to find?
Why was the government angry at you, in December 2015?
How did you obtain the marriage certificate?
Is there anything else?
Is there anything else?

activist from Burundi #2

The asylum officer asked:
What words did the officer say to your brother?
How did your brother interpret, or understand, what he said?
Why did your brother believe those words are a threat?
If the threat is against  you, why was your brother afraid?
Where was your brother, at the moment of the threat? standing in the street? sitting inside a restaurant?
Did anything bad happen to any member of your family? Tell me the month/year/city, who did the bad thing, and why
PASSPORTS: I, asylum officer, love passports. They speak the truth. They are better witnesses than any person. Each stamp in the passport means what? the person is at an airport, or at a government office?
Smith told you that Mr. Jones was angry?
Did you send a letter to Mr. Jones? really? did he receive it? how do you know if he did?
Did Jones send a letter to his boss? how do you know? where is the letter now?
Did you see it with your own eyes, or do you just believe, or think, Jones sent a letter?
What did Smith see with his own eyes? what did he hear with his own ears?
    If you do not know, why don't you just say that?  Why not say, "Well, I am not sure; I am not an eye-witness. However, I believe that happened. Other people believe it too."
Did your boss have a reputation among the office workers?  Did most people in the office believe certain things about the boss? So, he had a "reputation"?
is there anything that happened, that makes you believe  your government is still interested in you?
Is there anyone else, who agrees with you, that your government is still interested in you?
Why does that person believe that?

an activist from Burundi

The asylum officer asked:
Who helped you prepare your application? how did  you find that person? how did that person help you?
-did that person write  your application for you, or did you write it yourself?
can you repeat everything on page one of I-589?
-on page two?
what is Date of Birth of wife? of child #1? of child #3?
Where is your family right now?
Tell me all of the international travel of your brother, and of child #2?
Your son is in the country of Kenya? what is his immigration status there?
Your uncle is in France? what is his immigration status there?
When was the passport of your wife issued?
when was the passport of your uncle issued?
How do you know this? who told  you, and when?
what documents did uncle give to government of France?
Tell me all of your international travel!
What is the immigration status of each member of your family?

Friday, December 30, 2016

an activist from El Salvador

The asylum officer asked:
How was your application prepared? who helped you? how did you find that person?
Why are you seeking asylum?
What were your activities for the political party? how did you first get involved?
What did the bad man say to you, as he came close?
He told me not to go to the police; if I did; he would hurt me again
When you saw the man again, what did he say?
When Mr. X talked to your mother, what did he say?
How did you interpret the words that he said? what did they mean to you and to your mother?
is there anything else?