Trump Administration Blocks Victims of Domestic Abuse and Gang Violence from Claiming Asylum (June 2018)

Attorney General Sessions recently ruled that victims of domestic and gang related violence cannot seek asylum in the United States. He justified this decision by stating that asylum was never intended to be a government program to fix the problems of other countries. Immigrant and civil rights activists disagree with the notion of sending people on American soil back to the dangers of their home country. This ruling continues the trend of the Trump Administration to restrict future immigration. It also shows the unusual and increasing trend of the Attorney General’s involvement in immigration law and policy.