Attorney General Merrick Garland struck down two immigration opinions issued by previous Attorneys General under Trump, this reversing limits on who is eligible for asylum. The orders he signed vacated earlier decisions from Jeff Sessions and William Barr that limited asylum for victims of domestic violence as well as those seeking asylum based on ties to persecuted family members – something that could be particularly important to those from countries with serious gang violence. The move follows pressure from immigration advocacy groups to review all of the 17 attorney general-level immigration court decisions made under the Trump administration.

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Garland strikes down Trump-era asylum decisions