No. 89-1550.

896 F.2d 14 (1990)


United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit.

Decided February 15, 1990.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Lory D. Rosenberg with whom Law Office of Lory D. Rosenberg, John Willshire, and Cambridge-Somerville Legal Services were on brief for petitioner.

Maureen O'Sullivan, Jeremiah Friedman, Harvey Kaplan, and Law Office of Harvey Kaplan, were on brief for American Immigration Lawyers Ass'n and Nat. Immigration Project of the Nat. Lawyers Guild, amici curiae.

Alice M. Smith, with whom Stuart E. Schiffer, Acting Asst. Atty. Gen., Lauri Steven Filppu, Deputy Director, Dept. of Justice, Civ. Div., Office of Immigration Litigation, were on brief for respondent.

Before BOWNES, BREYER and SELYA, Circuit Judges.

BREYER, Circuit Judge.

The petitioner, Florentin Umanzor Alvarado, a native of El Salvador, seeks asylum under a statute that would allow the Attorney General to permit him to stay here if he has "a well-founded fear of persecution on account of [his] ... political opinion." 8 U.S.C. § 1101(a)(42)(A) (defining "refugee"); 8 U.S.C. § 1158(a) (giving Attorney General discretion to grant asylum to otherwise deportable...

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