Wednesday, January 28, 2009

who exactly do you fear, and why?

The Asylum Officer asked this of the activist from Liberia:
can you repeat everything on page one of the I-589? can you repeat everything on page 2?
what was your last address in your country? when did you last leave your country? when did you last enter USA? what is your ethnic group?
-When the bad guy hurt you with his gun, what did he say? did he say anything else?
what was the bad guy wearing? did he work for the government?
what would happen to you if you return to your country?
why is the bad guy angry at you?
-do you know someone who did testify in court, and who later was hurt?
do you know someone who did protest in USA, and who later was hurt?
-in the last three months, did members of your family back in your country have any problems?
is there anything else? did you receive any weapons training?
what does your passport say? is there another country where you could apply for residency?

1 comment:

Fran said...

Does the interviewing officer assume the applicant is intellectually challenged or is he trying to humiliate him? Writing from the UK: our Immigration Officers are pretty biased - working "in a climate of disbelief" (Quote from UNHCR)- but they would not be so obviously, crudely, contemptuous, or the appellate authority would forcefully intervene.