Ses­sions nixes do­mes­tic, gang vi­o­lence from asy­lum claims

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U.S. At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions says do­mes­tic and gang vi­o­lence will gen­er­ally not be con­sid­ered grounds for asy­lum. Ses­sions ruled Mon­day in a Board of Im­mi­gra­tion Ap­peals case in­volv­ing a woman from El Sal­vador whose asy­lum sta­tus was up­held in 2016 on claims that she was a vic­tim of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

The de­ci­sion comes as no sur­prise, three months af­ter the at­tor­ney gen­eral re­opened the case for his re­view.

Asy­lum is granted on grounds of per­se­cu­tion for race, re­li­gion, na­tion­al­ity, po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion or mem­ber­ship in a so­cial group. Many vic­tims of do­mes­tic and gang vi­o­lence seek pro­tec­tion on grounds of be­ing in a per­se­cuted so­cial group.

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