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Immigrant Rights Advocate Denounces Sessions’ Change To Asylum Policy

People who traveled with the annual caravan of Central American migrants, res...

Credit: Associated Press

Above: People who traveled with the annual caravan of Central American migrants, rest where the group set up camp to wait for access to request asylum in the US, outside the El Chaparral port of entry building at the US-Mexico border in Tijuana, Mexico, Monday, April 30, 2018.

Immigrant Rights Advocate Denounces Sessions' Changes To Asylum Policy


Nicole Ramos, immigration attorney, Al Otro Lado


An immigrant attorney in Tijuana says she expects immigrant rights groups to challenge the Attorney General's recent policy change that keeps victims of gang and domestic violence from seeking asylum.

Nicole Ramos with Al Otro Lado, a nonprofit that provides legal services to asylum seekers and deportees in Tijuana, says the shift will dramatically impact those who are detained and whose asylum cases are pending.

Still, she doesn’t believe the new policy will deter people from seeking asylum in the United States.

“When you’re feeling situations which are so desperate or so violent and your only choice is to stay and be killed or try to find a safer place. The people we work with despite all of the hardships they encounter have incredible resiliency, incredible hope, so they’re going to push forward and push back at the system," Ramos said.

RELATED: USD Expert: Sessions' Policy Change Leaves Asylum-Seekers Few Options

Ramos weighs in on the attorney general's ruling Wednesday on Midday Edition.

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