[T]he judges seemed particularly upset at a conclusion by the government that it was fair to return the women to Guinea because they could not suffer further persecution since mutilation had already occurred. At times, all three judges raised their voices or cut off lawyers to make a point. 'Supply me any case in which a well-founded fear of persecution was not sustained because the same leg couldn't be amputated or the same organ removed,' demanded Judge Rosemary Pooler [right].
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Lemme get this straight: If they can't do it to you again, no more fear of persecution?
Check out this item from our colleagues at ImmigrationProf Blog, summarizing an Associated Press report of a federal appellate panel's objections to the government's refusal to grant asylum to 3 Guinean women who'd been subjected to genital mutilation. Here's a sampling of last week's argument before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit: