U.S. attorney general curbs asylum for immigrant victims of violence


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday overturned a grant of asylum to a Salvadoran domestic abuse victim, potentially excluding immigrants seeking refuge from sexual, gang and other forms of violence in their home countries.

The decision to refuse asylum to the Salvadoran woman, whose former husband raped and beat her for 15 years, narrows who can qualify for asylum when they become victims of criminal activity, as opposed to government persecution.

Sessions’ finding followed his unusual move to intervene personally in the case known as the “Matter of…



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