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

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Such a group can not be overly broad or diffuse, Sessions said, overruling a previous asylum decision which accepted married women who are victims of violent relationships as a persecuted group.

Such cases can be appealed to the circuit courts, which are part of the judicial branch of government.

Unlike the federal judiciary system, us immigration courts fall under the Justice Department's jurisdiction, and the attorney general can intervene.

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"He is also providing further evidence of the Trump administration's anti-immigrant agenda, which separates families, creates fear in communities, and punishes vulnerable people who are fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries", he added.

To seek asylum in the United States, one needs to qualify as a refugee, Congress decided in 1980. The month after President Donald Trump's inauguration-and after Trump's executive order to suspend the USA refugee program-the Department of Homeland Security made it harder for asylum seekers arriving at the border to pass an initial screening.

"Sessions' decision is a virtual death sentence for individuals fleeing domestic violence and pervasive gang violence", the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said on Twitter.

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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. "This decision will provide more clarity for you".

This reverses the Obama administration's guidance, and will affect tens of thousands of people, mostly women, who apply for asylum as victims of rape and other domestic violence each year, coming especially from chaotic Central American countries. S. and possibly never show up for an immigration hearing, " Sessions said. Such criminal prosecutions mean separating parents from their children.

More than 7,800 asylum applications were filed in March alone. She attempted to escape him by moving to another Salvadoran town, obtaining restraining orders, and divorcing him, but the threats and violence continued, according to her court filings. The report was not made from inside the DOJ but by a "third party", police said. The AG's ruling serves as a binding precedent for immigration judges. They argue these women deserve asylum because they're persecuted by their husbands and ignored by their own governments.

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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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