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Law of Asylum in the United States, 2015 ed.

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Brand: Thomson West
Copyright: 2015
ISBN: 9780314634504
Service #: 40785101
Sub #: 40785102
Pages: 1066
Shelf Space: 2 in.

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Law of Asylum in the United States, 2015 ed.



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Law of Asylum in the United States is an authoritative presentation of U.S. asylum law, long considered a must-have publication for practitioners, students, and teachers. It is frequently relied upon and cited by decision makers. Law of Asylum describes and interprets applicable U.S. laws, as well as numerous international sources, providing an up-to-date analysis of all aspects of asylum law.

This edition addresses current hot topics such as the recent decision in Matter of A-R-C-G-, finding a Guatemalan woman subject to severe spousal abuse eligible for asylum as a member of a particular social group, as domestic violence may form a basis of an asylum claim and gender may define a particular social group, and the rethinking of social distinction and particularity in social group claims. In addition, the extensive Procedures Appendix, added last year, has been expanded and thoroughly updated to provide an invaluable resource for practitioners and researchers interested in the U.S. asylum and related processes. Law of Asylum also addresses fundamental issues such as:

  • The meaning of "well-founded fear" and "persecution"
  • The five grounds for asylum (race, religion, nationality, social group membership, and political opinion)
  • Withholding of removal protection and protection under the Convention Against Torture
  • Claims based on childhood status and gender-based persecution
  • When nonstate actors can be considered agents of persecution
  • Extensive coverage of gang membership/opposition to gangs
  • Elements of proof
  • Credibility determinations
  • Recent changes in statutory language enacted with the REAL ID Act
  • BIA cases on social distinction and particularity