ADVOCACY ALERT: Sessions Closes Major Path for Asylum Seekers

As reported in the New York Times June 11, ASC's Immigrant Community Law Center (ICLC) had an asylum hearing June 14, for our client, Blanca, whose domestic violence and gang based-claim is now in jeopardy because of a decision Attorney General Sessions issued recently, which strips protection from those who need it most -- asylum seekers. 
This decision, Matter of A-B-, which overrules a case called Matter of A-R-C-G-, unilaterally dismantles longstanding asylum law. While the facts in this case involved a victim of severe domestic violence, Sessions's clear intent is to limit the availability of asylum in all contexts involving non-governmental actors, for example:
  • LGBTQ discrimination,
  • gang-based violence,
  • forced marriage, and
  • female genital mutilation, among others. 

Matter of A-R-C-G- represented a shining path for a more humane, gender conscious application of asylum law. It has helped countless individuals seeking refuge in the United States based on persecution suffered at the hands of those closest to them.

We will continue to fight for Blanca and other clients, confident that the federal courts will not allow the Attorney General to impose a vision of asylum law that fails our international commitments and American notions of justice. 
This decision is not academic, it negatively impacts real people in real time with dire consequences in the US and at all borders. 
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As a country and individually, we are better than this decision.