New opinion — a reluctant denial of immigration review

Sesay v. Attorney General — immigration — affirmance — Krause

The Third Circuit today held that petitioners who aided terrorist groups are ineligible for asylum even if they acted only under duress. The panel acknowledged that Musa Sesay was himself a victim of terroristic violence who faced “regular beatings and the barrel of a gun,” and “resisted when possible and escaped when he could.” Although “sympathetic to Sesay’s plight,” and “recogniz[ing] the harsh consequences of our holding,” the court denied the petition for review.

Joining Krause were Rendell and Smith. Arguing counsel were Thomas Massucci for the petitioner and Jeffrey Menkin for the government.