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Jeff Sessions discusses asylum requests

The vast majority of people in Washington, D.C., and in the world in general, would likely do whatever it takes to make life better for their children and other family members. For some people, this could mean completely uprooting their lives and facing the uncertainty of life in a new country. Unfortunately, those who choose to seek asylum in the United States could face disappointment.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently made comments to a new class of immigration judges in support of policies that make it more difficult for people to obtain asylum in the United States. He claimed that the process is not made for people simply trying to escape the hardships of life. He further stated that many of the policies put in place by President Obama actually entice asylum-seekers to enter this country. These remarks come amidst major pushback on the President's "zero tolerance" policy which has also left many migrant children separated from their parents. 

To bolster his statements, he claimed that requests for asylum have recently "skyrocketed." Despite this claimed increase, he further argues that the percentage of claims found meritorious have decreased. Some believe that Sessions overlooks the increasing violence in certain countries when making these claims.

When examining the decreased percentage in successful asylum claims, some people argue that there are other factors in play, other than the simple explanation that the claims lack merit. In fact, some believe that increasing complexity in immigration proceedings, combined with decreasing representation, is the actual cause. Unfortunately, many seeking protection may be unsure how to best represent their circumstances, prompting some in the Washington, D.C. area to seek help from an experienced professional as they seek a better, safer life.

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