Nos. 90-1964, 90-2070 and 90-2412.

933 F.2d 588 (1991)


United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit.

Decided May 31, 1991.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Richard J. Puchalski (argued), Michael A. Grochowiak, Puchalski, Keenan & Reimer, Chicago, Ill., for petitioners.

Alison R. Drucker, Lori L. Scialabba (argued), David J. Kline, Dept. of Justice, Office of Immigration Litigation, Richard L. Thornburg, U.S. Atty. Gen., Washington, D.C., A.D. Moyer, Michael L. Harper, Samuel Der-Yeghiayan, I.N.S., Ira H. Raphaelson, Asst. U.S. Atty., Office of U.S. Atty., Chicago, Ill., for respondent.

Les S. Kuczynski, Polish American Congress, Gen. Counsel, Chicago, Ill., for amicus curiae, Polish American Congress.

John J. Pikarski, Jr., Zulkey, Pikarski & Gordon, Chicago, Ill., for amicus curiae Nat. Advocates Soc.

Before WOOD, Jr., FLAUM, and MANION, Circuit Judges.

FLAUM, Circuit Judge.

The petitioners in this consolidated appeal challenge the decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals to take notice of changed political circumstances and the resulting decrease in likelihood of persecution in their native country in the course of ruling on their applications for political asylum and withholding of deportation. We hold below that the Board may properly take official notice of such facts, but that asylum petitioners are entitled...

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