Tangka v. Holder, 032615 FED7, 14-2275
|Party Name:||GRACE SELFIE TANGKA, Petitioner, v. ERIC H. HOLDER, JR., Attorney General of the United States, Respondent.|
|Judge Panel:||Before RICHARD A. POSNER, Circuit Judge MICHAEL S. KANNE, Circuit Judge JOHN DANIEL TINDER, Circuit Judge|
|Case Date:||March 26, 2015|
|Court:||United States Courts of Appeals, Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit|
Argued March 3, 2015
Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals. No. A200-823-224
Grace Selfie Tangka, an Indonesian national, petitions for review of the denial of her application for asylum and withholding from removal based on her fear of persecution because of religion (Christianity) and race (Chinese ethnicity). Tangka's application largely rested on a single incident-the kidnapping of her American-born, infant daughter from a shopping mall in Bogor, Indonesia while she was attending Christian worship services. The immigration judge denied the application because he found that Tangka did not present sufficient evidence to show a sufficient nexus between the kidnapping and her Christian faith. We deny the petition.
Tangka entered the United States on a visitor's visa in late 2006 and gave birth to a daughter, Britney, the following September. The record isn't clear, but she says that she twice applied to extend her visa but never got a response. In late 2007 she returned with her daughter to Indonesia.
At the beginning of 2010, unknown people threatened, according to Tangka's testimony, her and her family for hosting Christian worship services: they screamed and threw stones at their house, made threatening phone calls, and sent letters saying they would kill them if they continued the services.
The kidnapping at the heart of these proceedings occurred in April 2010. As Tangka testified later at her removal hearing, Britney was taken from a playroom adjacent to a rented storefront that her Christian church was using in a mall for worship services. After she discovered that her daughter was missing, Tangka asked a security guard at the mall if he saw her daughter, but otherwise did not report Britney's disappearance because, she said, a child cannot be reported missing in Indonesia until 48 hours have passed. The next day, Tangka's nephew, who was vacationing in a city 80 kilometers away, stated in a letter that he saw a child resembling Britney with "a woman and a short and fat man." He immediately called Tangka, who told him that Britney had been kidnapped. The nephew said that he "chased" the couple, who released Britney "without confrontation."
Tangka also testified about a phone call that her husband supposedly received an hour after the kidnapping. The unidentified caller told Tangka's husband not to...
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