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Immigration Judge Violated Asylum-Seeker’s Due Process Rights

Jan. 24, 2020, 3:44 PM

A woman from Cameroon seeking asylum in the U.S. is entitled to a hearing to explain inconsistencies in her record before an immigration judge, the Fourth Circuit said.

The judge denied Ngawung Atemnkeng’s due process by handing down his opinion before the scheduled hearing date, the Friday opinion by Chief Judge Roger L. Gregory said.

Atemnkeng belonged to a political party seeking separation of her region from Cameroon’s authoritarian government. Because of her affiliation, she claimed she received death threats, was arrested and detained without trial, and tortured and beaten by government officers.

Atemnkeng’s original immigration judge found several inconsistencies...

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