Immigration Attorneys, Advocates Denounce Trump Admin’s Asylum Policies

Attorney General Jeff Sessions
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday overturned a key immigration case that had granted asylum to a Salvadoran woman fleeing domestic violence. Associated Press
Attorney General Jeff Sessions
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday overturned a key immigration case that had granted asylum to a Salvadoran woman fleeing domestic violence. Associated Press

Immigration Attorneys, Advocates Denounce Trump Admin’s Asylum Policies

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.

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

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