News Story (New York)
New York Times (NYT)
June 12, 2018
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Tags: Asylum, Domestic Violence
Organizations mentioned/involved: Immigrant Community Law Center (New York City), Central American Legal Assistance (Brooklyn)
Mr. Sessions effectively narrowed the definition of persecution when he reversed a decision by an appellate board in a 2016 asylum case. Because immigration courts are housed under the Justice Department, not the judicial branch of government, he has the authority to overturn their decisions.
“The mere fact that a country may have problems effectively policing certain crimes or that certain populations are more likely to be victims of crime, cannot itself establish an asylum claim,” he wrote in the introduction to his decision.