It’s now permitted for claims related to gang activity. Which of course makes one wonder if Biden will allow asylum for people from New York and Chicago.
According to the Washington Times:
The Justice Department on Wednesday expanded the types of cases that can qualify for asylum, revoking two Trump-era decisions that had restricted claims based on domestic violence or gang activity in migrants’ home countries.
Attorney General Merrick Garland’s decision could reopen the door to more cases that involved people fleeing their own families or local communities.
The Trump administration had argued it was returning to the original intent of the asylum system that envisioned people fleeing actual government persecution, rather than gang violence or domestic abuse claims that are common in most countries.
But immigrant-rights advocates say the asylum system had been able to accommodate those claims for some years before Mr. Trump, and can do so again.
“Rescinding these cruel decisions is the first critical step to returning to our humanitarian obligations,” said Kate Melloy Goettel, legal director of litigation at the American Immigration Council.