Matter of A-B- Considerations

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In June 2018, the U.S. Attorney General issued Matter of A-B-, 27 I&N Dec. 316 (A.G. 2018), which threatens the viability of asylum claims by domestic violence survivors and others who have faced persecution by private actors. In addition to the harmful legal rhetoric in the decision about the nature of domestic violence, Matter of A-B- also highlights the Trump administration’s broad and unrelenting attacks on due process for asylum seekers. In this practice advisory, we provide a brief summary of the AG’s decision. In addition, we note how the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) guidance published in the following weeks exacerbate the issues presented by the decision. We also share several due process concerns in light of this decision and offer information about additional resources for advocates.