Fa Wang v. Jefferson Sessions, III

Case: 17-60048 Document: 00514519335 Page: 1 Date Filed: 06/19/2018 IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit FILED No. 17-60048 June 19, 2018 Lyle W. Cayce FA WANG, Clerk Petitioner v. JEFFERSON B. SESSIONS, III, U. S. ATTORNEY GENERAL, Respondent Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals BIA No. A087 834 841 Before JOLLY, SOUTHWICK, and WILLETT, Circuit Judges. PER CURIAM:* Petitioner Fa Wang, a native and citizen of China, came to the United States in 2009. The Immigration Judge denied his application for asylum, withholding of removal, and relief under the Convention Against Torture after finding Wang was not a credible witness when he described religious persecution in China but failed to present corroborating evidence. The Board of Immigration Appeals affirmed. We DENY Wang’s petition for review. * Pursuant to 5TH CIR. R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5TH CIR. R. 47.5.4. Case: 17-60048 Document: 00514519335 Page: 2 Date Filed: 06/19/2018 No. 17-60048 FACTUAL AND PROCEDURAL BACKGROUND Fa Wang entered the United States on a student visa on November 11, 2009. He has remained since that time, even after his visa lapsed when he discontinued his education. Wang had recently graduated from high school when he arrived in the United States; he is now 27 years old. Within two months of arriving in the United States, Wang submitted an application for asylum based on persecution in China for his Christian religion. Wang described his experiences as follows. In 2008, Wang was invited to attend a small underground Christian church in China that met in a member’s home. While visiting the house church, Wang met a man who identified another house church with younger members. Wang switched his attendance. There were 12 members in this house church, and Wang attended it every week until August 23, 2009. On August 23, four police officers broke into their gathering and arrested all of the members, confiscated their Bibles, and took them to the Huanghai Police Station. The police interrogated Wang for about an hour, questioning him about how he practiced his Christian religion. The police also slapped his face, broke his glasses, and shocked him with an electric baton five times. The police then detained Wang for eight days until his father paid 1,000 RMB 1 on September 1. Before releasing Wang, the police required him to sign a statement denouncing his Christian religion. As conditions of his release, Wang was also required to stop attending the house church, avoid contact with any of the house church members, and report to the police station every week. 1This is about $160 dollars. YAHOO! FINANCE, https://finance.yahoo.com/currency- converter/ (last visited April 19, 2018). RMB, renminbi, is also abbreviated as CNY, Chinese yuan. 2 Case: 17-60048 Document: 00514519335 Page: 3 Date Filed: 06/19/2018 No. 17-60048 Shortly thereafter, with the help of his ...

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