Gilca v. Holder, No. 11-1711 (1st Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
Petitioner, a citizen of Moldova, was admitted to the U.S. in on a non-immigrant cultural exchange visa. 2006. Instead of departing, he applied for asylum, citing his Roma descent and his membership in Moldova's pro-democratic political party. An Immigration Judge found petitioner's hearing testimony generally credible, considered the most recent State Department country conditions report, but found that petitioner had not carried his burden of proving past persecution or well-founded fear of future persecution on account of a statutorily protected ground, 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(42)(A). The BIA affirmed. The First Circuit denied an appeal.