Dissent Slams 7th Circ.'s Rehearing Denial For Yemeni Couple

By Tiffany Hu (May 24, 2019, 4:21 PM EDT) -- The Seventh Circuit won't revisit the denial of a visa to a Yemeni mother who allegedly attempted to smuggle her children across the border, drawing a fiery dissent that called the court's decision not to touch a consular officer's denial a "dangerous abdication of judicial responsibility."

In an 8-3 vote, the appellate court declined Thursday to rehear Mohsin Yafai and Zahoor Ahmed's challenge of a consular officer's decision to reject Ahmed's visa application because she had tried to smuggle her two children into the U.S. Her attempted smuggling statutorily barred her from obtaining a green card, the officer found.

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