The plain language of 8 C.F.R. Sec. 1208.13(b)(3) does not require the government to propose a city, state, or other type of locality as the area of relocation, rather the Department of Homeland Security may properly propose a specific or a more general area as the place of safe relocation. The Board of Immigration Appeals must then conduct its safe relocation analysis with respect to that proposed area, however specifically or generally defined. In considering the reasonableness of an political asylum petitioner's relocation, the BIA must consider whether the petitioner would be substantially safer in a new location if he were to continue expressing his political opinion. It cannot assume the petitioner will silence his political activity to avoid harm.
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