Asylum Request

The Board of Immigration Appeals failed to account for evidence of changed country conditions when it declined to reopen an asylum request for two practicing Catholics from Indonesia who overstayed their non-immigrant visas in the U.S, the Second Circuit ruled. The two offered sufficient proof of the rise of hardline non-Muslim sentiment and persecution of Christians in the country. 

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Churches and Casinos

A federal court in Nevada denied a church’s emergency motion for a temporary restraining order and injunction to allow it to resume in-person services of more than 50 people. The church argues that casinos and other businesses are allowed to operate at 50% capacity but the court points out that casinos are subject to “much greater restrictions and oversight” than places of worship. 

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