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

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Sessions said he made the decision in order to try and reduce the backlog of immigration-related court cases.

The move by Sessions is estimated to impact tens of thousands of people, though exact numbers for asylum seekers who fall under those particular social groups are not knowable because the categories are not tracked individually, said Gilman.

Advocates were quick to denounce Sessions' ruling.

"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, can not itself establish an asylum claim", Sessions' opinion reads.

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"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, can not itself establish an asylum claim", the ruling added.

Sessions faces criticism in Congress for a recent policy that separates children, including toddlers, from parents who illegally cross the U.S. -Mexico border. They fear the lives of thousands of legitimate asylum-seekers will be in danger when they are returned to their countries of origin.

The Trump administration has chose to stop granting asylum to victims of gang violence and domestic abuse - essentially blocking tens of thousands of people from seeking refuge in the U.S., many of them women.

Illegal border crossers routinely claim they entered the United States to escape persecution, after which they are released with a promise to show up at a scheduled court hearing on their asylum claims, Sessions explained. "The Trump immigration approach is increasingly defined by immorality and depravity".

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Sessions overturned a key immigration case that had granted asylum to a Salvadoran woman who had been raped and beaten by her former husband.

That disqualifies most victims of "personal crimes", the Justice Department said in an accompanying statement that specifically mentions domestic violence.

He remanded the case of A-B- back to Judge Stuart Couch in Charlotte, North Carolina, for further proceedings.

The attorney general's ruling said it is still possible that crime victims could win asylum in the United States, but they would have to pass a tougher test in the courts, including showing that their home government is unable or unwilling to protect them, and that they cannot safely relocate to another part of their own country. He has also ordered them to complete 700 cases a year, imposing a quota system for the first time.

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