Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

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 — ASYLUM CRACKDOWN
Melinda Barton | 12 June, 2018, 04:18

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.

The decision came hours after Sessions' latest criticism on the asylum system, which he and other administration officials consider rife with abuse.

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". Gilman expects the decision will ultimately be reversed, but until then, she believes it makes a clear statement that the US does not want asylum seekers to come into the country, while putting vulnerable people in potentially deadly situations. 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.

Sessions took aim at one of five categories to qualify for asylum - persecution for membership in a social group - calling it "inherently ambiguous".

"It is a decision that sends a very strong message that asylum law is not going to provide the protection that it has in the past", said Gilman.

Advocates were quick to denounce Sessions' ruling.

The American Immigration Council, a nonprofit immigrant advocacy group, said Sessions is "taking away a vital lifeline" for victims of severe domestic and gang violence. In March, Sessions ended a requirement that asylum seekers get a full hearing before an immigration judge, making it easier for judges to close cases they deem frivolous or unlikely to succeed.

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. House votes against reviving tech office MORE announced the change in policy on Monday, saying the asylum system was being "abused to the detriment of the rule of law". During a speech earlier in the day, Sessions said asylum was "was never meant to alleviate all problems- even all serious problems- that people face every day all over the world".

Sessions also said it was the "duty" of judges to follow his orders and carry out his interpretation of the law.