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Offbeat Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinds guidance safeguarding the right of refugees, asylum seekers to work in the U.S.

05:36  04 july  2018
05:36  04 july  2018 Source:   nydailynews.com

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday rescinded 2011 Department of Justice (DOJ) guidance that dictated refugees and asylum seekers have the right to DOJ also rescinded a 2009 guidance that told employers to "avoid 'citizens only' hiring policies or requirements that applicants have a

The three terms are often used to mean the same thing, but each has a distinct meaning that carries different international obligations and consequences.

Jeff Sessions wearing a suit and tie © Jessica Kourkounis / Getty Images Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday rescinded a 2011 Justice Department guidance mandating that asylum seekers and refugees have a “right” to work in the U.S.

The Obama-era document was included on a list of 24 Justice Department guidances that Sessions scrapped because he said they were “unnecessary, outdated, inconsistent with existing law” or imposed without congressional approval.

“That’s wrong, and it’s not good government,” Sessions said in a statement.

The 2011 guidance, which was issued by the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-related Unfair Employment Practices, ensured asylum seekers and refugees were “authorized to work indefinitely” and could obtain Social Security cards “without employment restrictions.”

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday rescinded a 2011 guidance that dictated refugees and asylum seekers have the right to work . The document, issued by the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices, stated that the refugees and asylum seekers are

In June, Attorney General Jeff Sessions intervened in an individual asylum case, Matter of A-B, issuing a deeply flawed legal decision. While the issues actually presented by the case were narrow, Sessions took the opportunity to launch an assault against longstanding elements of U . S . asylum

The guidance also barred employers from demanding Department of Homeland Security-issued immigration documents from refugees and asylum seekers as long as they could present Social Security cards or American driver’s licenses.

In another blow to immigrants, Sessions included a 2009 guidance on the chopping block that urged employers to “avoid ‘citizens only’ hiring policies,” such as demanding a “particular immigration status” from job applicants.

Sessions’ sweeping rollback comes as the Trump administration continues to enforce its hawkish immigration agenda, including its “zero tolerance” policy on illegal entries, which resulted in the forced separations of thousands of children from their undocumented parents at the southern border.

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