America’s asylum laws and protections are being shredded due to a series of actions taken by U.S. Attorney General Sessions and directives issued by the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security. Key among these is the June 11th decision taken
by Attorney General Sessions that gang-related, domestic and gender-based violence are no longer eligible grounds for seeking asylum. In the latter two, this required the Attorney General to vacate the Board of Immigration Appeals decision in the
Matter of A-B- and overturn the Matter of A-R-C-G, which significantly limits the ability of survivors of domestic violence to gain asylum. Over a decade of U.S. case law and precedent have upheld domestic violence as grounds for seeking asylum.
Further, it is self-defeating to pretend that, amidst the humanitarian crisis in the Northern Triangle of Central America, individual asylum claims by those fleeing the region that involve domestic violence, gang violence, or other acute harm by state and
non-state actors cannot constitute a basis for a credible fear of persecution.