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Sessions defends removing asylum protections for domestic violence victims

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Sessions defends removing asylum for domestic violence

Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended his decision to overturn asylum protections for domestic violence and gang violence victims, saying the Trump administration will return to the “classical” and “legitimate” definition of asylum.

“We are really returning to the classical understanding of what asylum is,” Sessions told The Hill. “Asylum is not a claim that you have suffered a specific act of private violence or any other crime. It is really a systemic problem in which a group of people, based on ethnicity or race or nationality or other such factors, are oppressed in a given country.”

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