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Trump Administration: Domestic abuse or gang violence no longer grounds for asylum

WASHINGTON – Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday said that immigrant victims of gang violence or domestic abuse will no longer be able to claim asylum in the U.S., saying the law was not designed to “alleviate all problems.”

Sessions’ decision reverses a 2014 Board of Immigration Appeals ruling that said married women who cannot get out of abusive relationships in their own countries are part of a “particular social group,” one of the criteria for immigrants seeking not to be sent home.


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