Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

DHS Grants Asylum in Demiraj v. Holder

"The case of Demiraj v. Holder 631 F.3d 194, 201 (5th Cir.
2011)
involves a family of Albanians who fear persecution by a human
trafficker, Bill Bedini.  Edmond Demiraj was slated to testify against
the trafficker, who escaped and fled.  Mr. Demiraj was eventually
deported to Albania, where he was kidnapped, beaten, and shot by Bedini. 
He then returned to the U.S. where he was ultimately granted
Withholding of Removal. Withholding – while it involves a legal analysis
similar to asylum – offers fewer benefits than asylum status, and
specifically, does not automatically grant derivative status to his wife
or child.  Thus, Mrs. Demiraj and her son had to file a separate asylum
claim, and a different