11th Circ. Revives Dissident Cuban Journalist's Asylum Bid 1 11th Circ. Revives Dissident Cuban Journalist's Asylum Bid
Law360 (April 8, 2021, 5:35 PM EDT) — The Eleventh Circuit revived a Cuban journalist’s bid for asylum, finding that the immigration courts overlooked and “plainly misstated” evidence that the asylum-seeker had a well-founded fear of future persecution if returned to Cuba.

The lower courts ignored testimony showing that Cuban officials considered asylum-seeker Luis Miguel Cabrera Martinez a writer for a magazine critical of Havana’s tax policy, the three-judge appeals panel said. Paired with U.S. Department of State and Human Rights Watch reports that dissident journalists faced harassment, smear campaigns, raids and arbitrary arrests in Cuba, Martinez’s testimony sufficiently showed that he could be persecuted in the future, the…