Attorney General Jeff Session’s overturning of the Matter of A-B- means domestic or gang violence are no longer grounds for asylum, a move that will have a primarily effect Mexican and Central American asylum seekers. CLINIC Senior Attorney Victoria Neilson comments on how the new threshold for establishing a credible fear will make it even harder for migrants in these situations to obtain asylum.
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One of the biggest obstacles facing families seeking asylum in the United States is navigating an intricate legal and bureaucratic. A report release by CLINIC in early 2018 outlines the barriers that have kept potential asylees from obtaining status.
Read Vox's coverage of the report here.
CLINIC board member Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso calls out the administration’s seemingly deliberate policies that make it harder for asylum seekers to seek safety under this legal form of immigration.
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BIA Project attorney Bradley Jenkins discusses the many small, but impactful steps the Trump administration is taking to reframe how the United States admits refugees and those applying for protection.
Read the full Houston Chronicle article here.
“Ok, I’d be willing to stipulate to humanitarian asylum.” We were approximately 30 minutes into the recess the Immigration Judge took, during which we were supposed to negotiate a favorable solution for our client, when DHS said the words we had been waiting to hear since we first met our client in October.
Although Matter of A-R-C-G, the landmark board of Immigration Appeals decision, gave women fleeing domestic violence a pathway to asylum, survivors continue to be routinely denied asylum by immigration judges who interpret the decision narrowly.
“Welcome to the United States.” This is what refugees and asylum seekers should hear when they first arrive in the United States, but unfortunately it is a welcome that often comes excruciatingly late, if at all.