The crackdown on immigration has turned away victims of violence
People fleeing domestic violence and gang violence used to qualify for asylum in the United States. Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions ended that. His decision is part of the administration’s larger push to end asylum protections overall for hundreds of thousands of immigrants.
The policy change is based on Sessions’ ruling against a woman from El Salvador who sought asylum from her husband’s sexual and physical abuse as well as from threats from his family.Black Youth Project
The administration argues that grounds for asylum shouldn’t include domestic abuse because it’s "private violence." This perpetuates the harmful idea that violence against women isn’t a public health issue and therefore isn’t the government's responsibility to protect against.The Marshall Project
To qualify for asylum, immigrants must prove their government can’t protect them from persecution for their race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a social group — which used to include domestic violence victims.PBS
The U.S. grants asylum to 20% of all applicants on average. Acceptance rates for South American countries are lower than average.
The asylum restrictions make it nearly impossible for victims of domestic violence to enter the U.S.
For asylum seekers, being forced to stay in their home countries could be a death sentence. Tens of thousands of asylum seekers can expect to get sent back into the terror they tried to escape, including women helping their children escape abuse. Child abuse is often linked to intimate partner violence.
Women and children will die as a result of these policies.”
Director of the Women’s Refugee Commission migrant rights and justice program