Attorney General Sessions to Release New Asylum Rules

Attorney General Sessions to Release New Asylum Rules

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

"It puts survivors of extreme domestic violence in great danger, because it allows them to be returned to countries where their governments do not protect them against this abuse", said Denise Gilman, director of the immigration clinic at the University of Texas Law School in Austin.

Michelle Brané, director of the Women's Refugee Commission's Migrant Rights and Justice program headquartered in NY, said, "Attorney General Sessions' decision to limit the reasons why people can claim asylum is a devastating blow to families who come to our country seeking protection and safety".

In a deciding opinion on a case of an unidentified woman from El Salvador who was raped and beaten by her husband for years, Sessions said that asylum seekers must prove that they suffer persecution arising from their membership in a distinct group.

The attorney general noted the asylum system has been abused to the detriment of the rule of law, and is being flooded by invalid asylum claims. 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.

But in the ruling, Sessions said such cases would be less common going forward.

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The issue of granting asylum to domestic violence victims came into focus after Sessions personally intervened in the case of a Salvadoran woman living in the US. ´"Unlike the federal judiciary system, the United States immigration courts fall under the Justice Department´s jurisdiction, and the attorney general can intervene".

Last year, the Trump administration used an executive order to put a travel ban in place, banning refugees from entering the USA from certain countries.

'"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.

"Asylum was never meant to alleviate all problems - even all serious problems - that people face every day all over the world", he added.

Sessions' decision to reinterpret the law runs counter to previously settled US law and worldwide law, she said.

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