Sumaila v. Attorney General of the United States

Ghanaian man seeks asylum, claiming that his father and neighbors beat and threatened to kill him after learning of his same-sex relationship. Feds: But they didn’t actually kill him, so the persecution wasn’t “imminent or menacing” enough to qualify the man for asylum. Third Circuit: “We find it odd for the Government to make this argument here considering that [the man] was threatened with death by fire or decapitation while being assaulted, doused with fuel and exposed to a cutlass. All that was left for the mob to do was to cut off his head or set him on fire.”

Tags: 2020, Assault, Immigration, Third Circuit

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