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Court Finds BIA Erred in Denying Chinese Christian Petitioner’s Motion to Reopen Based on Changed Country Conditions

The Tenth Circuit granted the petition for review and remanded, holding that a significant increase in the level of persecution constitutes a material change in country conditions for purposes of INA §240(c)(7)(C). The court found that the BIA abused its discretion by denying on factually erroneous, legally frivolous, and logically unsound grounds the petitioner’s motion to reopen based on the significantly increased persecution of Christians in China in 2014 and 2015.

Senate Judiciary Committee Adopts Amendment Prohibiting Religion-Based Entry Bans

 

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved by a vote of 16-4 a nonbinding amendment authored by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) that prohibits the U.S. government from barring individuals from entering the country based on their religion. “It is the sense of the Senate that the United States must not bar individuals from entering into the United States based on their religion, as such action would be contrary to the fundamental principles on which this Nation was founded,” the amendment states.

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