Attorney General Sessions to Release New Asylum Rules

Tuesday, 12 Jun, 2018

In the law's current interpretation, foreign nationals can apply for USA asylum if they claim persecution or fear because of race, religion, nationality, or membership in a particular social group or political viewpoint, the report said.

"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. The new order would block thousands of people, especially women, from reaching asylum after fleeing violence in their home countries.

"The AG is sending a clear signal that he does not think these are legitimate asylum cases and that they should not even be considered", she said.

"While I do not decide that violence inflicted by non-governmental actors may never serve as the basis for an asylum or withholding application based on membership in a particular social group, in practice such claims are unlikely to satisfy the statutory grounds for proving group persecution that the government is unable or unwilling to address", Sessions added.

Sessions announced his decision this afternoon.

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.

Sessions has claimed asylum seekers are "gaming" the United States immigration system, and this move is seemingly created to prevent that. "That's because the vast majority of the current asylum claims we're seeing are not valid and you're not finding them valid".

Earlier this year, Sessions declared he would attempt to ensure that every person who crosses the border illegally would be prosecuted, and he has staunchly defended a new policy of separating women and children at the border, including those seeking asylum.

"We have not acted hastily, but carefully, " Sessions said in the statement to the judges. The cases can take years to resolve in backlogged immigration courts that Sessions oversees and applicants often are released on bond in the meantime.

"That's quite a high burden", he said on Twitter.

"Today's decision will send untold numbers of refugees to their deaths", he said. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of, its sponsors or advertisers.