Wednesday, August 07, 2019

11th Circuit: Board of Immigration Appeals Failed to Consider Evidence of Ahmadi Persecution In Pakistan

In Ali v. U.S. Attorney General, (11th Cir., Aug. 5, 2019), the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals vacated and remanded for further consideration a decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) denying asylum, withholding of removal and Convention Against Torture claims by a Pakistani immigrant who practices Ahmadiyya Islam. The Appeals court concluded that the BIA ignored numerous de jure and de facto elements of harassment and abuse of Ahmadis that might lead to a conclusion of religious persecution.  The court said in part:
[T]he Board wields wide discretion on how to proceed on remand, and we today express no opinion on the merits. We simply hold that the Board’s decision, read alongside the record, considered alongside our religious persecution cases, is so puzzling that we cannot be sure the Board afforded Ali the consideration of his claims that the law requires.