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(NBC News) - Domestic or gang violence is not grounds for asylum, Sessions rules

Attorney General Jeff Sessions moved to further restrict U.S. acceptance of immigrants by ruling Monday that fear of domestic abuse or gang violence is not an acceptable basis for granting asylum.

"The asylum statute does not provide redress for all misfortune," Sessions wrote in a formal legal opinion, exercising his authority to overturn decisions by federal immigration judges. "The mere fact that a country may have problems effectively policing certain crimes — such as domestic violence or gang violence — or that certain populations are more likely to be victims of crime cannot itself establish an asylum claim."

He acted in the case of a woman from El Salvador who entered the U.S. illegally in 2014 and sought asylum, claiming that her husband repeatedly abused her "emotionally, physically and sexually."

Under U.S. and international law, a person may seek asylum based on past persecution or a well-founded fear of future persecution because of race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. Four years ago, an immigration court recognized "married women in Guatemala who are unable to leave their relationship" as such a social group.

In overturning that ruling, Sessions said it did not conform with the requirements of federal law that a social group must have well-defined characteristics that are socially distinct. The claims of the woman in this case, who said her social group was "El Salvadoran women unable to leave their domestic relationships where they have children," did not fit the law's requirements, he said.


Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free;
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless,
Tempest-tossed to me
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!


Well, not if they're poor
Or huddled
Or homeless
Or wretched

Oh, HECK, no -- not MASSES

PUT. OUT. THAT. LAMP!!!

Jeff Sessions is a disgusting excuse for a public official. Or a human being.

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And in doing so he just signed the death warrant for LGBT asylum seekers.

SOURCE

I posted this in the sexual orientation thread as well
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CNN: AG Jeff Sessions on immigration policy: Illegal entry into the US is a crime; "I would cite you to the apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes."

Jesuit Priest James Martin: Disgraceful. Do not use St. Paul to justify unjust laws and acts of cruelty. St. Paul was an apostle not of laws (we are not justified by laws, he says in Romans), but an apostle of a person: Jesus Christ. The one who said, "I was a stranger and you did not welcome me" (Mt. 25).

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CNN: Sanders said this in response to a question from CNN’s Jim Acosta: “The Attorney General earlier today said that somehow there’s a justification for this in the Bible. Where does it say in the Bible that it’s moral to take children away from their mothers?”:

Sanders comments on family separations at the border: “It is very biblical to enforce the law”

Jesuit Priest James Martin:
It is not biblical to treat migrants and refugees like animals.
It is not biblical to take children away from their parents.
It is not biblical to ignore the needs of the stranger.
It is not biblical to enforce unjust laws.
Do not use the Bible to justify sin.


Brian Williams just reported that there are more than eleven THOUSAND children in federal custody tonight.

Eleven thousand.

"Up sharply in the past few weeks."

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A commentator said that the Bible passage Jeff Sessions used today has only been used rarely by public officials to justify policy.

One time was to oppose the American Revolution.

Another was to justify keeping slavery before the Civil War.

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(CNN) - Doctors saw immigrant kids separated from their parents. Now they're trying to stop it.

[Dr. Coleen Craft has] released statements condemning the practice of separating families, warning that children torn from their parents experience serious short- and long-term health consequences.

The association she leads -- which represents more than 65,000 members across the United States -- has sent multiple letters to the Department of Homeland Security, calling for a change of course. The pediatricians' group isn't the only one that's taken a stand. So have the American College of Physicians and the American Psychiatric Association. Together, the three organizations represent more than 250,000 doctors in the United States.

"The effect of this type of event will follow these children into adulthood and into their entire lives," Dr. Ana Maria Lopez, president of the American College of Physicians, told reporters Thursday. "Our federal government is causing a situation that is creating a host of potential health consequences for an entire category of people."

Kraft says there's nothing political about the points she and other doctors are making. "This is injustice against the most vulnerable people on this planet: little children," she says. "And we can't stay silent."

Kraft says separating children from their parents is likely to trigger what's known as a "toxic stress" response. "Toxic stress is prolonged exposure to hormones such as cortisol, epinephrine, norepinephrine -- fight or flight hormones -- and then inflammatory hormones," she says. "In a very young child, that disrupts brain development." Possible results include developmental delays, such as problems with motor function or speech. And later in life, she says, kids that experience toxic stress are more likely to have health problems like heart disease, cancer and morbid obesity.


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Here is a fuller story about the Sessions remarks. I now have an answer for why it's reasonable for people to follow some parts of the Bible and not follow others: the Bible contradicts itself. There's no way to follow all of the parts if you're just one person.

Sessions cites Bible passage used to defend slavery in defense of separating immigrant families

by Julie Zauzmer and Keith McMillan
June 15

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday used a Bible verse to defend his department’s policy of prosecuting everyone who crosses the border from Mexico, suggesting that God supports the government in separating immigrant parents from their children.

“I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes,” Sessions said during a speech to law enforcement officers in Fort Wayne, Ind. “Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves. Consistent and fair application of the law is in itself a good and moral thing, and that protects the weak and protects the lawful.”

The verse that Sessions cited, Romans 13, is an unusual choice.

“There are two dominant places in American history when Romans 13 is invoked,” said John Fea, a professor of American history at Messiah College in Pennsylvania. “One is during the American Revolution [when] it was invoked by loyalists, those who opposed the American Revolution.”

The other, Fea said, “is in the 1840s and 1850s, when Romans 13 is invoked by defenders of the South or defenders of slavery to ward off abolitionists who believed that slavery is wrong. I mean, this is the same argument that Southern slaveholders and the advocates of a Southern way of life made.”

On Thursday afternoon, the Migrants and Refugees Section at the Vatican tweeted a verse of Deuteronomy: “The Bible teaches that God ‘loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt’ (Deuteronomy 10:18-19).”

Matthew Soerens, U.S. director of church mobilization for World Relief, the humanitarian arm of the National Association of Evangelicals, pointed out that the person in the Bible whom Sessions referenced ran afoul of the law.

“The fact that the Apostle Paul, who wrote Romans, wrote several epistles from jail suggests that he was occasionally on the wrong side of an unjust law,” Soerens said.

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Dear God, what have we done?
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quote:

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CNN: Sanders said this in response to a question from CNN’s Jim Acosta: “The Attorney General earlier today said that somehow there’s a justification for this in the Bible. Where does it say in the Bible that it’s moral to take children away from their mothers?”:

Sanders comments on family separations at the border: “It is very biblical to enforce the law”



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Isaiah 10: 1 - 2

Woe to those who decree iniquitous decrees, and the writers who keep writing oppression, to turn aside the needy from justice and to rob the poor of my people of their right, that widows may be their spoil and that they may make the fatherless their prey!

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You should frame that and sent it to Jeff Sessions, Robbie.
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Yeah. I'm sure that would cause Jeff Sessions to have a change of heart.

Sessions is a cruel man. He'll find some biblical justification for his cruelty no matter what anyone points out to him.

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quote:

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You should frame that and sent it to Jeff Sessions, Robbie.


And a few more

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Wow, Robbie.... That's powerful.

Unfortunately, Jeff Sessions was standing, smirking, in my hometown of Fort Wayne, IN, as he said that last night.

Get out of my state.

Get out of my country.

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I am hammering my congressional delegation, and I'm not being nice about it. They won't care because they can pretty much die in their seats.
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Yeah....

My representative is a short-timer. He decided to run for Senate in the primary and lost, so he's gone. He was a tool, at best, anyway.

One Senator is right on board with us, but I want him to know he's got support. The other Senator is as pro-Trumpy as they get and completely tone-deaf....

Still keep the emails flowing....

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Trump cites as a negotiating tool his policy of separating immigrant children from their parents

by Michael Scherer and Josh Dawsey
June 15

President Trump has calculated that he will gain political leverage in congressional negotiations by continuing to enforce a policy he claims to hate — separating immigrant parents from their young children at the southern border, according to White House officials.

On Friday, Trump suggested he would not change the policy unless Democrats agreed to his other immigration demands, which include funding a border wall, tightening the rules for border enforcement and curbing legal entry. He also is intent on pushing members of his party to vote for a compromise measure that would achieve those long-standing priorities.

Trump’s public acknowledgment that he was willing to let the policy continue as he pursued his political goals came as the president once again blamed Democrats for a policy enacted and touted by his own administration.

“The Democrats are forcing the breakup of families at the Border with their horrible and cruel legislative agenda,” he tweeted. After listing his demands in any immigration bill, he added, “Go for it! WIN!”

The attempt to gain advantage from a practice the American Academy of Pediatrics describes as causing children “irreparable harm” sets up a high-stakes gambit for Trump, whose political career has long benefited from harsh rhetoric on immigration.

The policy has cracked Trump’s usually united conservative base, with a wide array of religious leaders and groups denouncing it. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Southern Baptist Convention issued statements critical of the practice.

The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, who delivered a prayer at Trump’s inauguration, signed a letter calling the practice “horrible.” Pastor Franklin Graham of Samaritan’s Purse, a vocal supporter of the president’s who has brushed aside past Trump controversies, called it “terrible” and “disgraceful.”

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I saw this cartoon on Facebook last night....

Um, why?

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quote:

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Wow, Robbie.... That's powerful.

Unfortunately, Jeff Sessions was standing, smirking, in my hometown of Fort Wayne, IN, as he said that last night.

Get out of my state.

Get out of my country.



Just do not come to northeastern Italy, Slovenia, or Austria. I do NOT need your foul odor added into the stench of the Northern League that already stinks up our villa.

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