Trump Administration Will No Longer Grant Asylum to Victims of Domestic Abuse and Gang Violence

Despite President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions' claims, asylum seekers have a legal right to come to America and file for asylum status. The only way to deny victims of domestic violence or gang violence is to alter the asylum policy itself.


Which the Attorney General has now done.

Effective immediately, the DOJ will refuse those who come to America seeking asylum for those reasons.

Evan Halper, who broke the story at the Chicago Tribune, writes:

"Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions has ordered immigration judges to stop granting asylum to most victims of domestic abuse and gang violence, a move that would block tens of thousands of people, especially women, from seeking refuge in America."

“Generally, claims by aliens pertaining to domestic violence or gang violence perpetrated by non-governmental actors will not qualify for asylum,” Sessions wrote in his 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, cannot itself establish an asylum claim.”

This news comes as Americans grow increasingly outraged over the thousands of children who are being ripped from their parents arms because they are undocumented. Trump administration policy now mandates children be separated from their parents in a horrific attempt to reduce the number of people crossing the border illegally.

On Sunday that outrage grew over news that ICE and Border Patrol agents are taking children from parents by telling them they are just going to give them a bath. The children never return, and most likely will never see their parents again. Some are as young as 2 or 3.

As many said on social media, that's what the Nazis did to separate children from parents.

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