Sessions Wants Crackdown on U.S. Asylum Policies

Sessions Wants Crackdown on U.S. Asylum Policies

In a recent speech, Attorney General Jeff Sessions called for a crackdown on immigrants seeking asylum, claiming that the current system for seeking asylum is full of fraud and that immigration attorneys abuse the system by exploiting loopholes in asylum laws. He also blamed the Obama administration for establishing a policy by which immigrants who passed a “credible fear” interview were then released into the U.S. pending their asylum hearing in immigration court. He said that those immigrants who pass the credible fear interview later fail to appear for their asylum proceedings in immigration court, which are likely to be scheduled many months or even years in the future. Sessions characterized many immigrants’ claims of credible fear as ruses to get into the country and then disappear with no supervision or oversight by the federal government. Nonetheless, Sessions failed to lay out any proposed policy changes, stating only that Congress needed to “reform” immigration law under the Trump administration’s leadership. Essentially, Sessions claimed that too many immigrants are taking advantage of immigration laws, and called for Congress to make it much more difficult for immigrants to have their petitions for asylum granted. A comprehensive reform of asylum laws topped the list of demands that the Trump administration sent to Congress in exchange for a legislative fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Immigrants (DACA) program. Among the other demands was a proposed crackdown on unaccompanied minors from Central America, which is unlikely to spur any actions by Congress, particularly on the Democratic side of the aisle. Even as Sessions seeks to crackdown on U.S. asylum policies, there are millions of immigrants without legal status present in the U.S., all of whom are facing potential deportation during this period of unprecedented immigration enforcement. If ICE has detained a loved one, contacting an experienced California immigration attorney as quickly as possible can be essential to securing his or her release and fighting deportation. Taking steps to fix an immigration problem from the outset is often much simpler than waiting until the last minute and attempting to remedy the situation. Call Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., at (510) 756-4468 today, and learn what we can do to help you through this situation.
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