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Kara Lynum 11 Jun 18
It is impossible to overstate how bad this Jeff Sessions decision is today - he made domestic violence victims and victims of gang violence ineligible for asylum in the United States. I am sick to my stomach.
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Kara Lynum 11 Jun 18
Replying to @karalynum
In 2014, the Board of Immigration Appeals found that married women in Guatemala who are unable to leave their relationships are eligible for asylum in the US. It opened the door for some domestic violence victims to seek safety in the United States.
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Kara Lynum 11 Jun 18
Replying to @karalynum
Countless women who are the victims of domestic violence in Central America flee north (some with their children) because the police in their home countries are unable to protect them. They are also terrorized by gang violence - constant death threats to them and their children.
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Kara Lynum 11 Jun 18
Replying to @karalynum
But Jeff Sessions thinks these women aren't eligible for asylum because their husbands are only violent to them - not all women.
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Kara Lynum 11 Jun 18
Replying to @karalynum
The original case he is overturning - Matter of A-R-C-G- - correctly pointed out that women who can't leave their relationships do have characteristics that make them unique in society.
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Kara Lynum 11 Jun 18
Replying to @karalynum
Almost all of the women I met at the family detention centers were fleeing domestic and gang violence. Being dragged behind a motorcycle, daily sexual assault, husbands murdered in front of their homes, autistic children targeted for gang recruitment because "they won't tell"
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Kara Lynum 11 Jun 18
Replying to @karalynum
And with this decision today, almost none of these women would be eligible for asylum. He repeatedly states DHS conceded too much in the 2014 original decision - I believe that Jeff Sessions is made of pure evil who wants to undo anything done during the Obama administration.
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Kara Lynum 11 Jun 18
Replying to @karalynum
AND THIS TIES INTO THE FAMILY SEPARATION
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Kara Lynum 11 Jun 18
Replying to @karalynum
We won't know the exact numbers, but many families appearing at the border were fleeing domestic and gang violence. The parents will likely not be found to have a "credible fear" - so they will be removed. What happens to the kids?
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Kara Lynum 11 Jun 18
Replying to @karalynum
The kids may have a shot at Special Immigrant Juvenile Status or their own asylum cases - without their parents? Jeff Sessions' decision today is also skeptical that family members would be eligible for asylum. This is also a large part of asylum law that is in their targets.
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Kara Lynum
Anyways, I cried at my desk when I read this and I will lose sleep over it. You should too.
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Tim 11 Jun 18
Replying to @karalynum
Kara! I'm crying and angry. This is so horrible. Pure evil.
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Kara Lynum 11 Jun 18
Replying to @refundpolicy
Yeah, this is a particularly bad one. Congress would have to act to fix this and that seems unlikely.
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Tim 11 Jun 18
Replying to @karalynum
I really wish our elected Democratic representatives would take a stand on immigration. The moral fiber of our nation is being torn asunder and our reps do nothing!
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Kara Lynum 11 Jun 18
Replying to @refundpolicy
"but we're the minority - we have no power" is what I hear over and over again. It's like - AT LEAST MAKE THEIR LIVES DIFFICULT.
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Alicia Krop 11 Jun 18
Replying to @karalynum
How can he just single handedly reverse In re ARGC? I want to throw up.
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Kara Lynum 11 Jun 18
Replying to @aliciakrop
strong same
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