Dec 19, 2018 - Politics & Policy

Judge stops DOJ from blocking asylum for domestic abuse victims

Migrants at the border running

Photo: Guillermo Arias/AFP/Getty Images

A federal judge on Wednesday prevented the Justice Department from implementing policies announced by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions earlier this year that disqualified some victims of domestic abuse and gang violence from obtaining asylum in the U.S.

Why it matters: Federal courts have delayed or struck down one Trump administration immigration policy after another — from DACA to the asylum ban to the defunding of sanctuary cities. Judge Emmet Sullivan, who also heard former national security adviser Michael Flynn's sentencing hearing on Tuesday, called for any migrant wrongfully deported under the policy to be given a second chance at asylum.

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