Hastings Law Journal


To obtain political asylum in the United States, an alien must demonstrate a well-founded fear of persecution resulting from some political action. The requirement of political action has been narrowly defined by the courts to include actions that are considered political in the context of American culture; the alien's culture has been ignored by courts defining political action. This Comment examines the broader definition of political action suggested in dicta in Haitian Refugee Center v. Civiletti and discusses the application of this definition to Haitian refugees.

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