It appears her asylum claim was rejected not because of a lack of evidence, but because the judge did not consider her testimony credible. The reason? When she was pulled from the trunk of a car attempting to cross the border from Mexico into California, she did not allege religious persecution to the officers who initially interrogated her. The allegation of religious persecution was not made until later, when she sought to fight deportation.
This case in some ways serves as another example of what Professor James Duane discussed in a video posted in a recent blog post on this site, where he advises people to never talk to the police. To see the article and video, click here.
William L. Pfeifer, Jr.
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