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 CaseySenate Democrats press administration on human rights abuses in Philippines Biden celebrates anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act Lawmakers introduce bipartisan Free Britney Act 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 SessionsWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Democrat stalls Biden's border nominee Garland strikes down Trump-era immigration court rule, empowering judges to pause cases 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.”