After fleeing the country and spending nearly a decade in the United States as a political asylee
, his uncle returned to Iraq.
In creating credibility, his testimony focuses on painful actions that elevate his status as political asylee
citizen, lawful permanent resident (a "green card" holder), refugee, and political asylee.
Categories are fluid, because people can change from one status to another: an undocumented immigrant can become a political asylee, a refugee can become a lawful permanent resident, a permanent resident can become a naturalized citizen.
The NGO had reported complaints from political asylees
of Muslim origin who had difficulty securing employment because of their religion.
Conflict and instability in Lebanon, Central America, Ethiopia, Poland, and the former Soviet Union brought new waves of political asylees
to the U.