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>> In the lawlessness.>> Attorney General Jeff Sessions decision this week to overturn a key immigration ruling that carved out special protections for victims of domestic violence may have effectively killed tens of thousands of US asylum claims. That's according to a Reuters analysis of the Justice Department's immigration court data.
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Reuters reporter Reade Levinson has the details.>> We can see there are about 700,000 pending cases in immigration courts right now and most of those are asylum seekers from Central America and from Mexico. And attorneys say that a big portion of those asylum seekers from the northern triangle and from Mexico have claims based on these sorts of protections based on their fleeing gang violence, their fleeing domestic violence.
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And they would have made their claim under a law that Sessions revoked.>> Sessions, on Monday, said claims of domestic violence and gang violence will not qualify for asylum. Shortly after that decision, Matt Cameron, an immigration attorney in Boston, said on Twitter that his office, quote, has a hearing Thursday for "Luisa," Who endured years of physical violence from the father of her children.
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Her son still carries the scars. She's only just learned how to talk about it. This case would have been a winner two hours ago. We don't know what to tell her.>> And Immigration lawyers we've talked to said, this will have impacts all the way down the system and they're already calling their clients and telling them that what they use to thought was a viable claim may no longer be a viable claim for asylum.
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These kinds of cases were already really difficult to win in immigration court and I think now even more so they're gonna be difficult to win.