Merrick Garland rolls back Trump-era asylum claim procedures

Trump administration era asylum claim policies were reversed by Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday, according to Fox News

The Department of Justice announced that the restrictions put on how people can claim for asylum in the United States will return to its former state before Trump-era DOJ officials, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen made official changes.

“Decisions involve important questions about the meaning of our Nation’s asylum laws, which reflect America’s commitment to providing refuge to some of the world’s most vulnerable people,” Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta wrote in a memo Wednesday.

“Congress has authorized grants of asylum to those who, among other things, can show that they are fleeing persecution on account of their membership in a ‘particular social group,’” the memo continued.

DOJ officials pointed out that Garland has the ability to make legally binding rulings on individual immigration cases, something that both Rosen and Sessions each used to intervene in cases of life-threatening danger and domestic violence, according to Fox News.

Not surprising is the fact that Garland’s change is a move for the DOJ and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) back toward what the immigration policies were prior to the Trump administration changes.

“Thank you for your prompt attention to these matters, and for the Division’s continuing work to ensure that all asylum claims-including those based on domestic violence, gang violence, or family relationships-are considered fairly, expeditiously, and in accordance with our Nation’s laws,” the memo concluded.

While the DOJ did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment, Americans can likely expect a similar result to these rules as what was experienced the first time around, only possibly on a bigger scale.

The record-breaking immigration that the United States has experienced in the months since President Joe Biden took office is a harsh reminder of just how our neighbors to the south view our current leadership.