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1st Circ. Revives Asylum-Seeker’s Bid Based On Iraq War Role

Law360 (January 12, 2021, 3:45 PM EST) — An asylum-seeker who instructed U.S. Army personnel on Iraqi culture during the Iraq War saw the First Circuit revive his case when it nixed a Board of Immigration Appeals ruling that said Iraqis with U.S. ties weren’t a specific group that faced peril in Iraq.

In Monday’s opinion by U.S. Circuit Judge David J. Barron, the three-judge panel scolded an immigration judge and the BIA for ignoring evidence brought by former U.S. Army contractor Salim T. Al Amiri. While the lower courts found that merely being a “Westernized” person like Al Amiri in Iraq was too vague to constitute a persecuted…

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