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Cablegate: Bona Fide Asylum Claim Exception to 9b

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RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHBO #8165 3251624
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 211624Z NOV 07
FM AMEMBASSY BOGOTA
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 0213

UNCLAS BOGOTA 008165

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

CA/VO/F/P FOR LAUREN C. SANTA

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PHUM
SUBJECT: BONA FIDE ASYLUM CLAIM EXCEPTION TO 9B


1. (SBU/N) Colombian nationals listed below applied for a
nonimmigrant visa at Embassy Bogota on 18 SEP 2007. However,
on the family's last trip to the United States, they all
stayed for over a year and a half even though they were
authorized to stay for six months. During the period this
family was in the United States, they applied for and were
denied asylum.

2. (SBU/N) Post requests that DHS Headquarters Office of
Asylum determine the bona fides of the Medina family's asylum
application for purposes of the bona fide asylum claim
exception to inadmissibility under INA 212(a)(9)(B).

3. (SBU/N) A summary of the Medina family's case follows:

The alien's complete name, date of birth, and "A" number:

Ana Maria Media Tobar, 24 FEB 1969, A78354300
Mauricio Coral Durango, 23 SEP 1934, A78354301
Oscar Mauricio Coral Medina, 2 JUN 1989, A78354328
Paola Andrea Coral Medina, 3 SEP 1987, A78354327

When and where the aliens lived in the United States:

645 Salam Church, Maiden, North Carolina 28650 - January 2000
to May 2000
1919 Beniba Rd, Apt 1405, Sarasota, Florida 34232 - May 2000
to November 2000
4627 Classic Drive, Sarasota, Florida 34243 - November 2000
to departure

When and where the aliens filed the asylum application:

The family claims they filed an asylum application in
Sarasota, Florida (Beniba Road - see above address). The
family states that they filed the application sometime around
June, 2000.

Whether the aliens worked in the United States, and whether
INS had authorized such employment, and if so, what type of
authorization documents the alien had been given:

Both parents, Mauricio Coral Durango and Ana Maria Medina
Tobar claim they worked in the United States after they
received their work permits, around 27 DEC 2000.

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