Matt Whitaker Will Review Asylum Eligibility, Other Relief

By Suzanne Monyak (December 4, 2018, 4:43 PM EST) -- Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has moved to weigh in on issues related to eligibility for asylum and other immigration protections, indicating that he intends to continue his predecessor's practice of referring Board of Immigration Appeals cases to himself for review.

Whitaker, who was tapped by President Donald Trump last month to replace former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, referred two BIA cases to himself on Monday to interpret various terms included in federal immigration laws codifying the Immigration and Nationality Act.

The first case, known as Matter of L-E-A-, relates to when an asylum-seeker may establish persecution as a member of...

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