No. 06-2015.

487 F.3d 499 (2007)

Irene Arrey AGBOR and Terry Ayuk Etta Agbor Ebai, Petitioners, v. Alberto R. GONZALES, Respondent.

United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit.

Decided May 25, 2007.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Rekha Sharma-Crawford (argued), W. Michael Sharma-Crawford, Overland Park, KS, for Petitioners.

Kenneth W. Rosenberg, Department of Justice, Tax Division, Appellate Section, Washington, DC, Karen Lundgren, Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Chief Counsel, Chicago, IL, Dalin Holyoak (argued), Department of Justice, Civil Division, Immigration Litigation, Washington, DC, for Respondent.

Before FLAUM, KANNE, and WILLIAMS, Circuit Judges.

WILLIAMS, Circuit Judge.

Soon after getting married, the petitioners fled their home country of Cameroon and sought asylum in the United States because the bride's mother insisted—to the point of death threats—that the bride be circumcised. Irene Agbor refused, calling the process of female circumcision "a violent ritual mutilation of the female genitalia." Her husband, Terry A.E. Agbor Ebai, agreed and opposed the practice. But an immigration judge...

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