DOJ Rules Family Ties No Longer Basis for Asylum Claims – Do You Support the Ruling?
Do you support restricting asylum claims based on family relations?
by Countable | 7.30.19
What’s the story?
- Attorney General Bill Barr issued a ruling Monday to restrict the ability of migrants to claim asylum based on family members being persecuted in their home countries.
- Barr said that being part of a nuclear family targeted for prosecution doesn’t qualify as a “particular social group” eligible for asylum in the U.S.
“The fact that a criminal group — such as a drug cartel, gang, or guerrilla force — targets a group of people does not, standing alone, transform those people into a particular social group,” the attorney general wrote.
- Barr said an asylum seeker’s family should be distinct “in the eyes of its society, not just those of its alleged persecutor.”
- The AG overruled a decision by the Board of Immigration Appeals on the “Matter of L-E-A.” Read about that ruling here.
What’s the response?
- Immigration lawyers and advocates worry that the ruling could have an immediate impact on immigration courts.
- “That’s the real danger of this form of decision-making,” Bradley Jenkins, federal litigation attorney at the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, said Monday in response to the ruling.
“It’s absolutely going to have a tragic impact even though the legal merit of the decision is questionable.”
- Jeremy McKinney, with the American Immigration Lawyers Association, called Barr’s ruling “a poorly reasoned decision from an administration that seems intent on ending legal asylum.”
What do you think?
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