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Attorney General erases duress exception for persecutors seeking asylum


AG Barr issued a decision that unwound a Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) ruling that allowed persecutors to apply for asylum if they could prove they were forced into their bad acts, saying past and present legislation clashed with the exception. This decision eliminated a narrow crack in the “persecutor bar,” which prevents anyone who has participated in the victimization of individuals from seeking asylum in the U.S. This decision vacated a June 2018 order from a split BIA panel, and shifted the burden of proof from DHS to asylum-seekers.

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