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.
Sessions’ higher bar at the credible-fear stage allows officers to immediately send migrants and children home, or back over the border, without allowing them to begin filing for asylum.
The rules still allow migrants to immediately appeal their claim to an immigration judge, but the process is complex.
Also, the immigration judges work for Sessions, and they will also implement his new directive.
Immigration lawyers oppose the Sessions reforms, which will likely reduce the number of cases for immigration lawyers.