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Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

America to toughen screening of illegal migrants seeking asylum, Attorney-General says

America to toughen screening of illegal migrants seeking asylum, Attorney-General says

Sessions' ruling on Monday was seen by immigration experts as a way to narrow how immigration judges interpret the law, and particularly discourage Central American women who have come to the USA by the tens of thousands in recent years seeking asylum.

In immigration court, certain opinions published by the Board of Immigration Appeals, the highest immigration court, serve to set national legal precedent.

"They continue to separate children from their families, and now they're targeting victims of domestic violence". She anticipates other cases in the pipeline may reach the appeals court first. Despite President Donald Trump's tough talk on immigration, border arrests topped 50,000 for a third straight month in May and lines of asylum seekers have grown at US crossings with Mexico.

Sessions' decision drew immediate rebukes from dozens of immigration rights advocate groups and lawyers.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday announced broad new restrictions on who can obtain asylum in the United States that effectively blocks most victims of gang or domestic violence from qualifying.

The move by Sessions is estimated to impact tens of thousands of people, though exact numbers for asylum seekers who fall under those particular social groups are not knowable because the categories are not tracked individually, said Gilman.

HRW documented more than 100 cases of women and children being held in frigid conditions beyond the three-day period recommended by CBP.

Migrants from Central America have been bypassing the Trump administration's efforts to stop illegal crossings on the southern border by laying claim to asylum based on "credible fear" of returning to their home countries, often citing domestic abuse or violence by gangs such as MS-13.

The woman, who is only identified by her initials, had won an appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals to overturn a lower immigration court judge´s denial of her asylum petition.

Sessions also said it was the "duty" of judges to follow his orders and carry out his interpretation of the law.

An administration official said last month that the backlog of asylum cases topped 300,000, almost half the total backlog.

"For reasons understood only by himself, the Attorney General today erased an important legal development that was universally agreed to be correct", they wrote.

However, Sessions said that the so-called credible fear claim has increased from 5,000 in 2009 to 94,000 in 2016, The Hill reported. "This is a large part of what has been accurately called 'catch and release'".

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