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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Serial Numbers

The Second Circuit upheld a defendant’s sentencing enhancement for possessing a firearm with an “altered or obliterated serial number.” The defendant, whose gun had a serial number in three places, argued that “one iteration” of the serial number was legible so that the characters on the other two could be “easily inferred.” The court ruled the enhancement applies even if just one serial number is altered.

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