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    Session - Says Domestic Violence Is Not Grounds for Asylum

    WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Monday that fear of domestic violence is not legal grounds for asylum in a closely watched immigration case that could have a broad effect on the asylum process, women who have endured extreme violence and the independence of immigration judges. Mr. Sessions reversed a decision by a Justice Department immigration appeals court that had given asylum to a woman from El Salvador who had been raped and abused by her husband. The appeals court decision had overruled earlier orders in similar cases. “The prototypical refugee flees her home country because the government has persecuted her,” Mr. Session wrote in his decision. “An alien may suffer threats and violence in a foreign country for any number of reasons relating to her social, economic, family, or other personal circumstances.

    His decision echoes remarks he made earlier Monday morning at a gathering of immigration judges in Virginia. While there, Mr. Sessions said he would soon issue a decision that “restores sound principles of asylum and long standing principles of immigration law.” Immigration courts are housed under the Justice Department, not the judiciary branch of government, meaning Mr. Sessions has the authority to refer cases to himself and overturn earlier decisions.

    The Board of Immigration Appeals had found in December 2016 that the woman was part of what the asylum system refers to as a “particular social group.” She therefore qualified for asylum, the court said, because women in El Salvador are often unable to leave violent relationships and their government has not been able to protect them.

    Mr. Sessions said that the category of “particular social group” has become too broadly defined.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/11/u...gtype=Homepage

    WTH??? Story after story of people in Central American fleeing violence from all the drug cartels. Especially women and children. And he over rule's his own department?

    For shame. I hope this get's kicked up the courts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BDBoop View Post
    Your link took me shopping with Groupon at Viglink.
    I hope you bought me something, you know, since you were there.
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    Shameful and never ending outrages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BDBoop View Post
    Your link took me shopping with Groupon at Viglink.
    Sorry, try this one

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/11/u...mid=tw-nytimes

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    Quote Originally Posted by HayJenn View Post
    WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Monday that fear of domestic violence is not legal grounds for asylum in a closely watched immigration case that could have a broad effect on the asylum process, women who have endured extreme violence and the independence of immigration judges. Mr. Sessions reversed a decision by a Justice Department immigration appeals court that had given asylum to a woman from El Salvador who had been raped and abused by her husband. The appeals court decision had overruled earlier orders in similar cases. “The prototypical refugee flees her home country because the government has persecuted her,” Mr. Session wrote in his decision. “An alien may suffer threats and violence in a foreign country for any number of reasons relating to her social, economic, family, or other personal circumstances.

    His decision echoes remarks he made earlier Monday morning at a gathering of immigration judges in Virginia. While there, Mr. Sessions said he would soon issue a decision that “restores sound principles of asylum and long standing principles of immigration law.” Immigration courts are housed under the Justice Department, not the judiciary branch of government, meaning Mr. Sessions has the authority to refer cases to himself and overturn earlier decisions.

    The Board of Immigration Appeals had found in December 2016 that the woman was part of what the asylum system refers to as a “particular social group.” She therefore qualified for asylum, the court said, because women in El Salvador are often unable to leave violent relationships and their government has not been able to protect them.

    Mr. Sessions said that the category of “particular social group” has become too broadly defined.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/11/u...gtype=Homepage

    WTH??? Story after story of people in Central American fleeing violence from all the drug cartels. Especially women and children. And he over rule's his own department?

    For shame. I hope this get's kicked up the courts.
    Ms. HayJenn,

    Makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kallie Knoetze View Post
    Ms. HayJenn,

    Makes sense.
    No it does not and I have asked you several times to knock it off with the Ms.

    Last warning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Minotaur View Post
    Shameful and never ending outrages.
    I disagree. I think an asylum claim can only be valid if the individual has suffered some sort of political oppression. Domestic violence exists in every society, including our own. We can't offer shelter to every battered woman in the Western Hemisphere who manages to walk here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BDBoop View Post
    Your link took me shopping with Groupon at Viglink.
    That happens all the time here. I guess it's a money maker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasselas View Post
    I disagree. I think an asylum claim can only be valid if the individual has suffered some sort of political oppression. Domestic violence exists in every society, including our own. We can't offer shelter to every battered woman in the Western Hemisphere who manages to walk here.
    What does domestic violence here have anything to women and children fleeing violence from Central Amercia from mostly drug gangs?? Raping and killing them.

    Ask a victim of domestic violence or the target of a gang whether their fear was real. Whether the danger they were in was real.

    And now immigration judges have to to Session's bidding?

    This looks more like a crackdown on LEGAL immigration - a la Miller and Sessions.

    It's shameful.

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