Sessions' Asylum Ruling Highlights Immigrant Counsel Need

Law360 (June 12, 2018, 9:05 PM EDT) -- U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision on Monday to narrow the circumstances under which members of particular "social groups" have grounds to seek asylum will give immigration judges license to deny petitions for relief point-blank, underscoring asylum seekers' need for legal representation, attorneys say.

Vacating a 2016 Board of Immigration Appeals decision, Sessions found that immigration judges have improperly expanded the definition of particular "social groups" that are eligible for asylum for over a decade. In his decision, he said that most victims of private crimes — including domestic violence, gang violence and anti-LGBTQ crimes — will no longer be able...

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