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The Trump administration will stop granting asylum to domestic abuse victims

12 June 2018, 08:42 | Darnell Patrick

Attorney General Sessions to Unveil Changes to Asylum Rules, Reduce Reasons Used for Asylum

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Sessions ruled Monday in a Board of Immigration Appeals case involving a woman from El Salvador whose asylum status was upheld in 2016 on claims that she was a victim of domestic violence. He said it will help reduce the growing backlog of 700,000 court cases, more than triple the number in 2009.

Advocates were quick to denounce Sessions' ruling.

Sessions declared that claims of domestic violence, or violence from criminal gangs that flourish across much of the region, do not meet the threshold for an asylum request at the U.S. border.

They said Sessions' decision overturns decades of legal efforts to protect abused women.

Domestic violence is a "particularly hard crime to prevent and prosecute, even in the United States", Mr Sessions wrote, adding that its prevalence in El Salvador does not mean that its government was unwilling or unable to protect victims any less so than the United States.

'"Credible fear claims have sky-rocketed and the percentage of asylum claims found to be meritorious by our judges has declined significantly", stated the attorney general.

Illegal border crossers routinely claim they entered the United States to escape persecution, after which they are released with a promise to show up at a scheduled court hearing on their asylum claims, Sessions explained.

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The Trump administration has accused migrants of exploiting the asylum system to gain entry to the United States, aware that the immigration courts are so backlogged that their cases could take years to complete.

That disqualifies most victims of "personal crimes", the Justice Department said in an accompanying statement that specifically mentions domestic violence.

Sessions said the woman obtained restraining orders against her husband and had him arrested at least once. The report was not made from inside the DOJ but by a "third party", police said.

He remanded the case of A-B- back to Judge Stuart Couch in Charlotte, North Carolina, for further proceedings. The board based its ruling partly on a 2014 precedent, known as the Matter of A-R-C-G, which Sessions also vacated Monday, saying it was "wrongly decided".

The case is one of severalSessions has assigned to himself since becoming attorney general. Sessions reopened the case for his review in March as the administration stepped up criticism of asylum practices.

Sessions says this action is necessary to maintain "the rule of law", which is a pretty clear indication that his idea of "the law" includes neither justice nor mercy.



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