American Immigration Council's Statement on Attorney General’s Decision Restricting Access to Asylum for Victims of Domestic and Gang Violence

American Immigration Council's Statement on Attorney General’s Decision Restricting Access to Asylum for Victims of Domestic and Gang Violence

June 11, 2018

Washington, D.C.— Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced today that he is taking away a vital lifeline to victims of severe domestic and gang violence. Sessions issued a decision unilaterally overruling important precedent recognizing that such individuals may qualify for asylum in the United States. 

The following is a statement from Beth Werlin, Executive Director of the American Immigration Council.

“From its earliest days, the United States has opened its doors to individuals fleeing oppression and persecution. Today’s decision by the Attorney General is yet another attempt to close our doors. Through our work serving detained mothers and children in Dilley, Texas, we see firsthand the trauma of domestic and gang violence and the desperate need for protection. The Attorney General’s decision—if permitted to stand—will no doubt result in sending countless mothers and children back to their abusers and criminal gangs. Turning our backs on victims of violence and deporting them to grave danger should not be the legacy sought by any administration.”

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For more information, contact:

Maria Frausto at the American Immigration Council, [email protected] or 202-507-7526.

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Maria Frausto, Senior Communications Manager 
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