United States Seventh Circuit

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EMEME v. ASHCROFT, 03-1386

In making his credibility assessment, IJ failed to consider Ethiopian alien's ability to comprehend the questions posed to her in Italian at the credible fear interview. A determination of her Italian language skills is of crucial import to the disposition of her asylum application.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 12/05/2003
  • Decided 02/12/2004
  • Published 02/12/2004


  • FLAUM, Chief Judge., Before FLAUM, Chief Judge, and MANION and WILLIAMS, Circuit Judges.


  • United States Seventh Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • Babatunda A. Irukera (argued), Olusola O. Oyeyemi, Chicago, IL, for Petitioner.

  • For Appellees:
  • George P. Katsivalis, Department of Homeland Security, Office of the District Counsel, Chicago, IL, Hillel R. Smith (argued), Department of Justice, Civil Division, Immigration Litigation, Washington, DC, for Respondent.