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7th Circuit Rules in favor of asylum applicant for forced sterilization

The Seventh Circuit granted the petition for review, holding that the Immigration Judge (IJ) misunderstood the petitioner’s testimony about the nature of the procedure his wife ultimately received; namely, the implantation into her arm of a contraceptive device. Further, the court found that the IJ erred by concluding, alternatively, that the petitioner could not show past persecution because he resisted only his wife’s forced contraceptive implant, as opposed to a forced abortion or sterilization.

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