These are women who have a prima facie right to enter the United States legally, under both international treaties and domestic immigration law. Also, these women’s children are going to be torn out of their arms by US government agents, and then sent far, far away from their mothers.
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.
The decision, which immigration advocates are sure to aggressively fight, came as Sessions seeks to use the authority of his office to sharply change U.S. immigration law to make it less friendly to asylum seekers.
The attorney general has the power to issue decisions that serve as binding precedents for immigration judges. In this instance, he used a case involving a victim of domestic violence to rule that survivors of such “private” crimes are not eligible for asylum under U.S. law.
“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.”
In a speech earlier in the day to a training session for immigration officials, Sessions telegraphed his position, saying that “asylum was never meant to alleviate all problems— even all serious problems— that people face every day all over the world.”
His anticipated “ruling restores sound principles of asylum and longstanding principles of immigration law,” he said.
Sessions emphasized at the conference earlier in the day that judges will be required to follow his interpretation of the law.
Assuming there are elections in November 2020, and a Democrat wins, I don’t want to hear anything about reconciliation and “healing.” I’d rather hear about Nuremberg.
ETA: Lost Left Coaster flags this article:
Aleman-Bendiks, the public defender, said several of her clients have told her their children were taken from them by Border Patrol agents who said they were going to give them a bath. As the hours passed, it dawned on the mothers the kids were not coming back.
“It’s incredible,” she said. “I just can’t believe what’s happening here.”