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AG Sessions Reforms Asylum Rules to Exclude Gang-Violence, Abuse Claims

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has directed border officers to reject migrants’ asylum requests at the initial “credible fear” stage whenever migrants claim to fear non-political gang crime or spousal abuse, according to a CNN report. The asylum reform comes as tens of thousands of migrants try each month to join the roughly 500,000 Central Americans who have already flowed into U.S. blue-collar jobs, public schools, and working-class neighborhoods since 2009 because of migration-friendly rules set by former President Barack Obama and his elite-left aides. The new rules also counter the migration-friendly judges who are forcing border officials to release migrants who bring children with them in just 20 days. The reform raises the bar in the initial credible-fear interviews conducted by border officers. Under Obama’s rules, roughly 80 percent of migrants got through this stage, often just by saying they fear persecution by criminal gangs and violent spouses. Once past this “credible fear” stage, migrants can use a single child to exploit many legal loopholes and courtroom appeals which trigger the “catch and release” rules that have allowed at least 400,000 pending asylum-seekers to get work permits in 2017. Sessions’ higher bar at the credible-fear stage allows officers to immediately send migrants and children home, or back over

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