US Attorney General curbs asylum for immigrant victims of violence

US Attorney General curbs asylum for immigrant victims of violence

US Attorney General curbs asylum for immigrant victims of violence

The Trump administration is taking more steps to inhumanely respond to immigrants looking for refuge in the U.S. According to the Los Angeles Times, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is ordering immigration judges to stop granting asylum to victims of domestic abuse and gang violence.

The US attorney general has announced more restrictions on migrants seeking asylum in the country. So it was no surprise when he refused to grant Ms. A-B- asylum-or when the Justice Department's Board of Immigration Appeals reversed his decision. The decision could have wide-ranging impacts on immigrants especially from Central America seeking refuge in the U.S. from violence in their home countries. "The asylum system is being abused to the detriment of the rule of law, sound public policy and public safety - and to the detriment of people with just claims", Sessions said. However, as the United States´ chief law enforcement officer, the attorney general can intervene in its decisions to shape law.

"Generally, claims by aliens pertaining to domestic violence or gang violence perpetrated by non-government actors will not qualify for asylum", Mr Sessions wrote in a 31-page decision that takes effect immediately. But Sessions recently called into question whether such cases merited protection under U.S. asylum laws. The AG's ruling serves as a binding precedent for immigration judges. "The Trump immigration approach is increasingly defined by immorality and depravity". He ruled against her and sent the case back to an immigration judge to order her deportation.

Last month, Sessions revoked immigration judges' broad authority to close cases through a process known as administrative closure after referring a different case to himself.

Erika Andiola, a DACA recipient from Mexico and the former press secretary of Bernie Sanders, shared on Twitter that her mother was a victim of domestic violence.

Despite President Donald Trump's tough talk on immigration, border arrests topped 50,000 for a third straight month in May and lines of asylum seekers have grown at U.S. crossings with Mexico.

HRW documented more than 100 cases of women and children being held in frigid conditions beyond the three-day period recommended by CBP.

The attorney general's ruling said it is still possible that crime victims could win asylum in the United States, but they would have to pass a tougher test in the courts, including showing that their home government is unable or unwilling to protect them, and that they cannot safely relocate to another part of their own country.

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