Pheng v. Holder, No. 10-1627 (1st Cir. 2011)Annotate this Case
In 2000, the petitioner attempted to enter the United States on a false passport, refused to reveal her true identity, and stated that she had no fear of returning to Cambodia. In 2002 she entered on a six-month visitor visa. In 2003 she filed a petition for asylum; in 2004 a notice of removability issued. An immigration judge denied the petition. The Board of Immigration Appeals and the First Circuit rejected appeals. The petitioner did not corroborate her testimony; there was no evidence that family members remaining in Cambodia suffered persecution. Even accepting testimony that she was raped by police officers, there was no evidence that the rapes were politically motivated or amounted to persecution.