Petitioners are both native citizens of Indonesia and are of the Christian faith. They have been married since 1997; they have two children together, both of whom were born in the United States. On April 22, 2001, the Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") admitted Rondonuwu as a nonimmigrant B-1 visitor with authorization to remain in the United States until July 21, 2001. On May 7, 2002, the DHS admitted Marsadu as a nonimmigrant B-2 visitor with authorization to remain in the United States until November 6, 2002.
On February 21, 2003, Marsadu submitted an application for asylum, 8 U.S.C. § 1158(a), and withholding of removal, 8 U.S.C. § 1231(b)(3)(A), as well as for relief under Article 3 of the United Nations Convention Against Torture ("CAT"), all based on her fears of being persecuted in Indonesia due to her Christian faith. On April 16, 2003, while Marsadu's application was pending, the DHS placed Rondonuwu in removal proceedings. On September 28, 2004, Rondonuwu filed an application for asylum, mirroring Marsadu's theory on her application for withholding of removal. Thereafter, on August 4, 2006, the DHS also placed Marsadu in removal proceedings. The Immigration Judge ("IJ") consolidated Petitioners' cases and after a hearing on the merits on April 26, 2007, denied all of their claims.
Judge(s): Juan Torruella
Jurisdiction: U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
|Circuit Court Judge(s)|
|William Kayatta, Jr.|
|Petitioner Lawyer(s)||Petitioner Law Firm(s)|
|Respondent Lawyer(s)||Respondent Law Firm(s)|
|Stuart Delery||U.S. Department of Justice|
|Justin Markel||U.S. Department of Justice|
|Carl McIntyre||U.S. Department of Justice|