Immigration and Nationality Act

Barr Limits Asylum Claims Based on Family Ties

By Vishnu Kannan
Monday, July 29, 2019, 3:25 PM

On July 29, Attorney General William Barr overruled a Board of Immigration Appeals decision, writing that most nuclear families do not qualify as “particular social groups” for the purposes of the Immigration and Nationality Act. As a result, individuals persecuted based on their family ties no longer qualify for asylum on that basis. The complete ruling is available here and below.