ASYLUM CRACKDOWN: Sessions Moves to ‘BLOCK’ Asylum Seekers from Entering US

ASYLUM CRACKDOWN: Sessions Moves to ‘BLOCK’ Asylum Seekers from Entering US

ASYLUM CRACKDOWN: Sessions Moves to ‘BLOCK’ Asylum Seekers from Entering US

The widely expected move overruled a Board of Immigration Appeals decision in 2016 that gave asylum status to a woman from El Salvador who fled her husband.

"Today, Iwill be issuing a decision that restores sound principles of asylum and long-standing principles of immigration law, " Sessions said.

"Generally, claims by aliens pertaining to domestic violence or gang violence perpetrated by non-governmental actors will not qualify for asylum", Sessions wrote in his ruling.

Immigration judges in the USA are required to rule on cases according to the attorney general's interpretation. The American Bar Assn. warned that ending the asylum eligibility for victims of domestic violence "would further victimize those most in need of protection". Some said the decision could have wide-ranging impacts on immigrants fleeing gang violence and gender-based violence, including female genital cutting or honor killings.

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. The appeals board is typically the highest government authority on immigration law, but the attorney general has the power to assign cases to himself and set precedents.

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

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions makes a point during his speech at the Western Conservative Summit, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Denver.

"The AG is sending a clear signal that he does not think these are legitimate asylum cases and that they should not even be considered", she said.

A Charlotte, North Carolina-based immigration judge denied the woman asylum.

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

Earlier this year, Sessions declared he would attempt to ensure that every person who crosses the border illegally would be prosecuted, and he has staunchly defended a new policy of separating women and children at the border, including those seeking asylum.

Sessions also pointed out the U.S.is not responsible for alleviating all the problems in the world, and told immigration judges his decision will provide more clarity to help them rule fairly.

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