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July 15, 2019

Trump Tightens Asylum Rules for Central Americans
By Brad Kutner

The number of immigrants denied asylum jumped sharply last year, according to a November 2018 study by the Syracuse University-based TRAC Immigration program which counts a number of immigration-related factors. In November 2018, the group reported that the number of accepted asylum cases has stayed between 20% and 30% since 2001, but the denials began increasing sharply in 2017. TRAC linked the increased denials to a policy put in place by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, limiting the grounds for asylum in a way that directly impacted Central American women and children fleeing from gang and domestic violence. “Not surprisingly, following this new hard line on immigration enforcement, the rate of asylum denials has recently climbed,” TRAC reported.

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