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Mon Jun 11, 2018, 07:00 PM

Domestic Violence Survivors Won't Get Asylum In The U.S. Anymore, & Just SMH

By Chelsea Stewart 10 min ago

There's a new rule about to be enforced in the United States, and I need all of you guys to listen up 'cause it's pretty serious. (Please and thank you.) Domestic violence survivors won't get asylum in the U.S. anymore, thanks to the Trump administration's new rule, and it's a decision that could affect tens of thousands of people, especially women, who are fleeing from Central America in search of protection. Yeah, IK — it's another example of just how bad 2018 sucks.

According to The Hill, the decision — which also affects those seeking refuge from gang violence — was announced on Monday, June 11 by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has often sought to use his authority over immigration courts to restructure the rules on who's eligible for asylum. What makes it worse is that an increasing amount of women and children are applying for asylum amid surging levels of violent crime in Central America. However, Sessions seemingly doesn't believe that's enough, as he told immigration judges in Washington D.C. that the asylum system was being “abused to the detriment of the rule of law."

“Generally, claims by aliens pertaining to domestic violence or gang violence perpetrated by non-governmental actors will not qualify for asylum,” Sessions continued in his decision. He added,

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.


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