Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Unpub. BIA Asylum Victory; Egypt, Persecution, ‘Unreasonable Expectations’

David L. Cleveland writes: "An
asylum applicant from Egypt suffered real harm, including an assault by
an unidentified man that left her unconscious, but was denied by the IJ
for failing to show the motive of her attacker. The BIA said that the
IJ "may have imposed an unreasonable expectation for [applicant] to
establish the exact basis for her underlying abuse."  The BIA also said,
"As suggested by the respondent on appeal, a persecutor may have
several motives for harming a victim and proving the exact reason for
the past or feared persecution may be impossible in some cases." – Matter of X-, Mar. 30, 2012, unpub.

David L.