Dem senator slams Sessions on asylum: The 'inhumanity' of the policy 'is staggering'

Dem senator slams Sessions on asylum: The 'inhumanity' of the policy 'is staggering'
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Sen. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump, Biden go toe-to-toe in Iowa The Hill's Morning Report - Trump, Biden go toe-to-toe in Iowa Overnight Health Care: Biden infuriates abortion-rights groups with stance on Hyde Amendment | Trump tightens restrictions on fetal tissue research | Democrats plan event to scrutinize Trump's mental health MORE (D-Pa.) slammed the Trump administration over its decision to stop granting asylum to victims of gang violence and domestic abuse on Monday, calling it "inhumane." 

"The inhumanity of the Trump Administration’s asylum policy is staggering," Casey said in a tweet. 

Casey's comments come after Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsAlabama senator: Sessions hasn't ruled out Senate bid Alabama senator: Sessions hasn't ruled out Senate bid The Hill's Morning Report - Trump to kick off bid for second term in Florida MORE announced the change in policy earlier Monday, saying the asylum system was being “abused to the detriment of the rule of law." 

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“Generally, claims by aliens pertaining to domestic violence or gang violence perpetrated by non-governmental actors will not qualify for asylum,” the attorney general said in his decision. 

“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 continued. 

The move has drawn the ire of Democrats and immigration activists. 

Sessions has criticized the U.S. asylum system in the past, saying immigration attorneys had exploited the law and had taken advantage of the country’s “generosity.”