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Gay Liberian May Be Removed Despite Fear of Persecution

Oct. 8, 2019, 6:40 PM

An immigrant faces removal from the U.S. after an immigration judge didn’t believe his claim he was gay despite having a girlfriend and a child.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit declined to reverse the judge’s dismissal of Akoi Samolu’s petition for asylum and withholding of removal. Samolu, who is from Liberia, was admitted to the U.S. in 2015. But in 2017, he pleaded guilty to violating a protective order against him, and the government sought his removal, the court said.

Samolu claimed that he requested asylum and withholding of removal, in part, because he was persecuted...

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