Attorney General Jeff Sessions is imposing new restrictions on asylum-seekers fleeing domestic abuse and gang violence, a move immigration advocates denounced as “heartless.”
On Monday, Sessions intervened in the case of a Salvadoran woman who was abused by her former husband and overturned a court ruling that had allowed her to stay. The attorney general argues that asylum system is intended to protect people fleeing persecution.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel called the decision “abhorrent and antithetical to everything we stand for as a country,” and advocates say the decision could endanger people with legitimate claims for asylum.
Mayor Emanuel on Jeff Sessions’ move to deny DV victims from seeking asylum in the US: I’m thinking of providing a one-way ticket on Amtrak so he can visit Ellis Island. The idea that America is not still a place of hope is antithetical to everything we stand for. pic.twitter.com/c2EelDEWOs— Adam Collins (@AdamDCollins) June 12, 2018
In this interview, Morning Shift talks to Keren Zwick, an attorney with the National Immigration Justice Center, about what this means for asylum-seekers going forward.
GUEST: Keren Zwick, attorney and Associate Director of Litigation with the National Immigration Justice Center