Tian Ming Lin v. U.S. Dept. of Justice, Docket No. 06-2356-AG.

CourtUnited States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (2nd Circuit)
Writing for the CourtPer Curiam
Citation468 F.3d 167
Docket NumberDocket No. 06-2356-AG.
Decision Date30 October 2006
PartiesTIAN MING LIN, Petitioner, v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, Respondents.
468 F.3d 167
TIAN MING LIN, Petitioner,
v.
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, Respondents.
Docket No. 06-2356-AG.
United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit.
Submitted: October 30, 2006.
Decided: October 30, 2006.

Yee Ling Poon, Robert Duk-Hwan Kim, Law Offices of Yee Ling Poon, New York, NY, for petitioner.

R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Anne R. Schultz, Chief, Appellate Division, Laura Thomas Rivero and Kathleen M. Salyer, Assistant United States Attorneys, Miami, FL, for respondents.

Page 168

Before POOLER, SOTOMAYOR, and KATZMANN, Circuit Judges.

PER CURIAM.


Petitioner Tian Ming Lin, a citizen of the People's Republic of China, moves to remand his case to the Board of Immigration Appeals ("BIA") on the basis of previously unavailable evidence suggesting that forced sterilization is part of the official family-planning policy in Changle City, Fujian Province, China, and that this policy is applied to the repatriated parents of foreign-born children. As the father of two U.S.-born children, Lin claims that he faces forced sterilization if returned to Fujian Province.

Both this Court and the BIA have concluded that the evidence previously available to support Chinese asylum applicants' claims of forced sterilization was inadequate to establish the existence of an official policy of forced sterilization on the part of any Chinese province or locality, and thus insufficient to show that the applicants were likely to face forced sterilization if returned to China. See Wei Guang Wang v. BIA, 437 F.3d 270, 274-76 (2d Cir.2006) (finding that an affidavit prepared by Dr. John S. Aird, a retired demographer and immigration expert, was insufficient to establish the existence of a policy of forced sterilization in China); Jian Xing Huang v. U.S. INS, 421 F.3d 125, 129 (2d Cir.2005) (concluding that the petitioner's claim that he faced forced sterilization in China was "speculative at best" because he offered as support for his claim only his own uncorroborated testimony that his sister-in-law had been forcibly sterilized); Matter of C-C-, 23 I. & N. Dec. 899, 903 (B.I.A.2006) (finding the Aird Affidavit insufficient to establish prima facie eligibility for relief on a claim of forced sterilization). This Court and the BIA have both found more persuasive the State Department's China Country Reports, which find no evidence that forced sterilization is...

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  • Li v. U.S. Atty. Gen., No. 06-15148 Non-Argument Calendar.
    • United States
    • U.S. Court of Appeals — Eleventh Circuit
    • June 18, 2007
    ...in China. At least two of our sister circuits have determined that the Board has made this error before. See Lin v. U.S. Dep't of Justice, 468 F.3d 167, 168 (2d Cir.2006), modified, 473 F.3d 48 (2d Cir.2007) (rejecting the distinction in the light of evidence presented by applicant in Guo, ......
  • Lin v. U.S. Dept. of Justice, Docket No. 06-2356-AG.
    • United States
    • U.S. Court of Appeals — Second Circuit
    • October 30, 2006
    ...face forced sterilization if returned to Fujian Province. We granted Lin's motion to remand. See Tian Ming Lin v. U.S. Dep't of Justice, 468 F.3d 167 (2d Cir.2006) (per curiam). We now grant the government's petition for rehearing and revisit the basis for our earlier decision. Because, as ......
  • Chen v. U.S. Dept. of Justice, Docket No. 06-0762-AG.
    • United States
    • U.S. Court of Appeals — Second Circuit
    • November 6, 2006
    ...potentially undermine the BIA's and our continued reliance on the State Department reports. In Tian Ming Lin v. U.S. Dep't of Justice, 468 F.3d 167, No. 06-2356, 2006 WL 3060101 (2d Cir. Oct.30, 2006) (per curiam), we granted a motion to remand in light of the Shou Yung Guo documents in ano......
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  • Li v. U.S. Atty. Gen., No. 06-15148 Non-Argument Calendar.
    • United States
    • U.S. Court of Appeals — Eleventh Circuit
    • June 18, 2007
    ...in China. At least two of our sister circuits have determined that the Board has made this error before. See Lin v. U.S. Dep't of Justice, 468 F.3d 167, 168 (2d Cir.2006), modified, 473 F.3d 48 (2d Cir.2007) (rejecting the distinction in the light of evidence presented by applicant in Guo, ......
  • Lin v. U.S. Dept. of Justice, Docket No. 06-2356-AG.
    • United States
    • U.S. Court of Appeals — Second Circuit
    • October 30, 2006
    ...face forced sterilization if returned to Fujian Province. We granted Lin's motion to remand. See Tian Ming Lin v. U.S. Dep't of Justice, 468 F.3d 167 (2d Cir.2006) (per curiam). We now grant the government's petition for rehearing and revisit the basis for our earlier decision. Because, as ......
  • Chen v. U.S. Dept. of Justice, Docket No. 06-0762-AG.
    • United States
    • U.S. Court of Appeals — Second Circuit
    • November 6, 2006
    ...potentially undermine the BIA's and our continued reliance on the State Department reports. In Tian Ming Lin v. U.S. Dep't of Justice, 468 F.3d 167, No. 06-2356, 2006 WL 3060101 (2d Cir. Oct.30, 2006) (per curiam), we granted a motion to remand in light of the Shou Yung Guo documents in ano......

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