Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Domestic abuse victims don’t qualify for USA asylum, rules Jeff Sessions

Domestic abuse victims don’t qualify for USA asylum, rules Jeff Sessions

The woman, who is only identified by her initials, had won an appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals to overturn a lower immigration court judge´s denial of her asylum petition.

"This administration continues to swiftly deconstruct America's moral code and values by doing everything possible to limit access to asylum".

"The mere fact that a country may have problems effectively policing certain crimes-such as domestic violence or gang violence-or that certain populations are more likely to be victims of crime, can not itself establish an asylum claim", the DOJ said today.

In the law's current interpretation, foreign nationals can apply for USA asylum if they claim persecution or fear because of race, religion, nationality, or membership in a particular social group or political viewpoint, the report said.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday announced broad new restrictions on who can obtain asylum in the United States that effectively blocks most victims of gang or domestic violence from qualifying.

Sessions' decision drew immediate rebukes from dozens of immigration rights advocate groups and lawyers.

U.S. House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi joined those denouncing the decision.

"The inhumanity of the Trump Administration's asylum policy is staggering", Casey said in a tweet.

'"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. Sessions has been unusually active in this practice compared to his predecessors by exercising his intervention authority to make it tougher for some people to legally remain in the United States.

Sessions said he made the decision in order to try and reduce the backlog of immigration-related court cases.

An investigation by Reuters past year found that Couch orders immigrants deported 89 percent of the time.

They said Sessions' decision overturns decades of legal efforts to protect abused women. "The Trump immigration approach is increasingly defined by immorality and depravity".

In a speech earlier that day, the Times reported that Sessions bolstered this ruling by saying "asylum was never meant to alleviate all problems-even all serious problems-that people face every day all over the world".

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