BREAKING: Sessions announces major crackdown on asylum claims
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The Trump administration will stop granting asylum to victims of gang violence and domestic abuse, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Monday.
“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 decision.
The article goes on to state the following:
“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, cannot itself establish an asylum claim,” he continued.
The ruling came hours after Sessions announced that he would issue a new interpretation of asylum law.
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According to a transcript of his remarks published on the Justice Department website, Attorney General Jeff Sessions told immigration judges in Washington, D.C. Monday morning that “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.”
“Saying a few simple words—claiming a fear of return—is now transforming a straightforward arrest for illegal entry and immediate return into a prolonged legal process,” Sessions said, noting the catch and release program has resulted in a surge of illegal immigration.
Now we all know that many of those crossing our border illegally are leaving difficult and dangerous situations. And we understand all are due proper respect and the proper legal process. But we cannot abandon legal discipline and sound legal concepts.
Under the INA, asylum is available for those who leave their home country because of persecution or fear on account of race, religion, nationality, or membership in a particular social group or political opinion. Asylum was never meant to alleviate all problems— even all serious problems— that people face every day all over the world.
Today, exercising the responsibility given to me under the INA, I will be issuing a decision that restores sound principles of asylum and long standing principles of immigration law.
We have not acted hastily, but carefully. In my judgment, this is a correct interpretation of the law. It advances the original intent and purpose of the INA, and it will be your duty to carry out this ruling.
This decision will provide more clarity for you. It will help you to rule consistently and fairly.
The fact is we have a backlog of about 700,000 immigration cases, and it’s still growing. That’s more than triple what it was in 2009. This is not acceptable. We cannot allow it to continue.
CLICK HERE to view his complete ruling just released Monday afternoon, announcing that migrants can no longer claim asylum based on grounds of domestic abuse or gang violence.
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