Zhang Hongbao in Blast Furnace

---- A documentary on how the outstanding spiritual leader transformed to a political leader

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Decision on Zhang Hongbao's Asylum


U.S. Department of Justice

Executive Office for Immigration Review

Immigration Court


Transcript of Hearing (Extract)


Before DAYNA M. DIAS, Immigration Judge


Date: June 13, 2000

Place: Honolulu, Hawaii




Q. So, to the respondent, I have listened carefully to your presentation and I took the time to read your statement. You seem to have a serenity about you in your expression which causes me to believe you are who you say you are, although, of course, I can't possibly know that.


And these are type of activities, which under our law would allow you to qualify for asylum because we don't have fear of groups such as yours and under our laws, you would be protected from government persecution for performing these kinds of activities. I also listened carefully to the testimony of your witness and she convinced me that there are genuine benefits to having you remain here. And it does not appear that you would be a danger to our community at all. Therefore, I have decided to grant you asylum, but I cannot complete this without your FBI fingerprint card and it hasn't been received yet. So, I'll talk to you by telephone again just to finality the case on July 14th or sooner if the cards get back. Now, the Government attorney has agreed to accept my decision and he has waived his right to appeal it to a higher court, assuming you have no criminal record. So, I probably won't see you again, but I do want to be the first to welcome you to our country. We'll close the hearing for now and I wish you the best of luck in the future.




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