Tuesday, March 6, 2018

activist from the DRC

The asylum officer asked:
why are you applying for asylum?
why is government angry at you?
what were your activities, that made them angry?
why did the soldiers arrest your brother?
why did you sister do that?
When was she arrested?
when did mother tell you sister had been arrested
when did the phone threats start?
when did the threats stop?
what words did the man say?
after getting beat up in the country side, how did you get to your house?
Why did you believe the office?
where were you at the time of the arrrest?
detained how long?
what happened on the day of your release?
when did you start planning to come to USA?
when and how did you get  your passport?
no problems getting passport?
how did you get the passport? walk into embassy, or did your father walk in and get it for  you?
tell me about your second arrest: where were you at the time of your arrest, and what happened on the day of your release
what did they say to you, inside the prison?
after your release, where did you go, and how did you get there? walk? take a taxi? using what money?
what did you do, during the last 30 days in your country?
sit inside, and watch TV? walk outside in the park?
since you departed, has anyone in your country had any problems?
has anyone suffered physical harm? why?
how do you know about this?
Is there anything we have not talked about?
is there anything else?
what would happen if you return to your country?
did you report your beating to the police? why not?
why didn't your employer write a letter of support for you?
what do you do here in USA?

Thursday, January 25, 2018

activist from Sudan #2

The asylum officer asked:
How does your government treat dissidents?
"I know the answer to many of these questions, I ask to get your answer for the record, to justify my opinion, to my boss, that you deserve asyum"
-is there anything else?
are there laws against honor killings in your country?
are there laws against gay activity?
are you a "sexual minority"?
ever give anything to a terrorist organization?
Tell me all of  your international travel!
ever get status in another country?
ever serve in the military? receive training on guns or explosives?
ever been accused of a crime?
ever been accused of being a member of a terrorist organization?
ever give food, money, transportation to an organization?
ever recruited on behalf of an organization?
does the persecutor believe he has the right to harm the applicant because the applicant has the protected characteristic?
-"I have the right to abuse the victim because she possessed the characteristics that define the group"
is there anything else?
is there a member of your family living here in USA who did NOT write a declaration of support for you?

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

an activist from Sudan

The asylum officer asked:
Show me  your passport? when does it expire? was it difficult to get?
Tell me all of your international travel! Why did you visit each country, and how long were you there?
Tell me all of your addresses for the last 60 months: where did you sleep at night?
[the answer is not important for 90% of applicants, but we are not yet sure about you]
Tell me about all of your employment, in your life?
Oh,  you are unemployed now? Really? how are you supporting yourself? how do you pay rent?
= =
who helped you prepare your application?
did he read it back to you in your native language?
Why do you want asylum?
Whom do you fear?
  Because of your race/ethnic group, how were you harmed?
     any physical harm? tell me month, year, city. Go to doctor or hospital?
   -any threats? 
  - any economic harm?
Were you ostracized? shunned? not invited to parties or to lunches?
[some applicants use FGM to get asylum, but then they do it to their own daughters! We know this because we get access, secretly, to records]
Tell me how Mr. X threatened you! what words did he say?
What is the penalty for being gay in your country?
how many times were you arrested?
   for arrest #1, where were you at the moment of y our arrest? what was the man wearing? what did he say? why did he arrest you?
what does NEXUS  mean? it means the reason or motive why you suffered harm
you were in a group the man believed entitled him to harm you?
     Concerning arrest #2, where were you at the moment of your arrest? what was the man wearing? what words did he say? why did he arrest you?
/they put you in a cell and started punching you? how did it end? why did they stop?
What would happen if  you return?
How would the government know you came back?
would you get arrested at the airport? why not?
did you lie to get  your visa?
Isn't there at least one safe place for you to live in your country? Gov't in the capital city is angry at you, so don't live there: go to small city 500 miles away
Is there anything else?
Where did the money come from, for your airplane tickets? how do you pay rent, buy food, here in USA?

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

suggestions from an Immigration Judge

An immigration judge made this suggestions: January 2018:
-a statement in English, with no translation, is suspect. Can the applicant really write in English?
-did someone with contemporarenous knowledge write a letter of support? for example, if you were hit on the head at 2:30 pm, on Monday, January , 2018 at 1600 Penn Avenue, was there someone else there at the same time, who saw something?
- or maybe someone saw you, with a bruise, at 9:00 pm that same day.
-if you saw a doctor, or went to a hospital, get the records! Or explain why you could not get them.
were you really a member of the organization? where is your card? did the organization write a letter of support?
-if a document is not available, explain why not
-if you refuse to take the advice of  your lawyer, write a letter and explain:

    For example, "My lawyer told me to _______[do this, and also this]. He has been to immigration Court over 100 times, and he has heard directly what judges want. I admit I have never been to immigration court in my life. I have never heard anything from an Immigration Judge.  Nevertheless, I reject the advice of my lawyer because __________ [ I believe I know more about court than he does]

In court, the Judge will ask you, :"Oh, you are very smart, You know more than your lawyer. If that is true, why did you hire him? why did you waste your money, getting advice that you reject?"

Thursday, November 9, 2017

victim of gang violence from Honduras

The Asylum Officer asked:
who helped you prepare your application?
how did you meet your lawyer?
are you paying him?
who decided you should come to USA?
how did you cross the border? how did you hire  your smuggler? how much did you pay him?
what happened as you traveled here?
who do you live with now, in USA?
= =
why did you decide to come to USA?
how did Uncle A harm you? threats? physical harm?
when was the first tme he hurt you? when was the last time?
what words did he say?
why did he harm you?
what threats did he make to  your grandmother?
he did not hurt others; just you? why?
did you report him to the police? why not?
what did police do with other similar victims?
Your declaration says you did report him to the police?
= =
how did threats from Uncle make you feel? how did you sleep at night?
did you ever talk to a counselor about this? why not?
here in USA, you talked to a counselor? what did she tell you?
Since arriving in USA, any threats from uncle?
has he harmed anyone else in the family?
What would happen if you return to your country?
why would he kill you?
someone killed your cousin Ally? why?
how do you know what happened?
why do the gangs kill people?
could you move to a different area of your country and be safe?
= =
tell me about all of your international travel
what was your immigration status in each country
have you ever  provided support to a group that uses violence?
have you ever given false info to US government?
What does Form DS-160 say?

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

reasons why applicant was rejected: July 2017

Mr. Cojocari was rejected by the IJ because:
1] he wrote he was released from the hospital on July 2d, later he said it was July 9th
2] he wrote he was in the city until November 6th; later he said Nov 5th
3] he wrote his last day of class was in May, later, he said it was in August
4] he wrote he lay in bed for ten days at home, ; later he said he was in the hospital

Monday, June 26, 2017

asked of a government worker #3

The Dep’t of state report for 2005 says that the police killed protesters in the city of ZZZ. Is this true? Did you know about it, at the time?
Did you “assist in the persecution” of others?
Why did  you continue to work for the evil government?
Did you see corrupt and violent acts by the government?
Did you downplay human rights violations?
What did  your boss want you to do? How did you respond to those pressures?
Did you ever see a human rights violation?
Did you ever hear of one? What did you do/ nothing? Why was that?
The police and the government wanted to look better than they were, right? They wanted to avoid bad publicity? Did you assist them to do that?
A United Nations report from 2012 says the police killed some demonstrators? Why did you do nothing in response?
Didn’t your boss “sell” jobs in exchange for kickbacks?
Even if you didn’t want to, ever give food to a “terrorist”?
Why do the bad guys hate  you? Is it for any other reason?
Is there anything else?