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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.

Fourth Circuit Strikes Down Attorney General Opinion, Restores Fundamental Power to Immigration Judges

The Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in Zuniga Romero v. Barr that immigration judges have the authority to administratively close cases pending before them. The court concluded that immigration law unambiguously permits immigration judges to control their own dockets.

U.S. Senators Urge Attorney General to Rescind Decision on Matter of L‑E‑A‑

Twelve senators sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr urging him to rescind his decision in Matter of L‑E‑A‑, which limits access to asylum for people fleeing persecution abroad because of their family ties, citing that his decision disregards decades of legal precedent.

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