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Administration: Domestic, gang violence don't justify asylum

"Asylum was never meant to alleviate all problems -- even all serious problems -- that people face every day all over the world," said Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a recent speech. He has personally ruled that immigration courts can no longer grant U.S. asylum based on an applicant's fear of personal violence by gangs or domestic partners.

Asylum-seekers caravan arrives at border, faces barriers to entry

Immigrants can seek asylum in the U.S. if they have experienced, or if they have a reasonable fear of, persecution based on race, nationality, religion, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. It is entirely legal for people to seek asylum at any U.S. border crossing.

CBP accused of separating asylum seekers from their children

Five Central Americans recently came to the U.S. seeking asylum or refugee status, bringing several children and grandchildren with them. They were arrested near ports of entry in El Paso, according to federal court records.

Surge in child immigrants creates concern for refugees

The decision to leave one's home country and relocate to the United States is not an easy one to make. Furthermore, depending on their resources and opportunities waiting for them in states like Louisiana, some immigrants must go through rough and lengthy battles to enter the country. This could lead to immigrants illegally entering the nation because the legal channels are not readily available to them. Although the immigrant could face deportation due to their lack of status, a refugee might have an opportunity to prevent or defer deportation based on the details of their situation.

Government shutdown impacts immigration hearings

Last year's government shutdown has affected many different areas, including the field of immigration. Over 37,000 immigration hearings have been delayed by months or even years leaving many immigrants feeling anxious. About 70% of immigration hearings were put on hold. Unfortunately, many of these hearings have been delayed to later this year and some will be pushed well in to 2015.