Attorney General Jeff Sessions addressed immigration judges this week, saying, “Asylum was never meant to alleviate all problems, even all serious problems that people face everyday, all over the world.” Sessions says women who claim domestic violence will no longer be granted asylum, and that immigration courts are “overloaded with fake claims.”
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We look at the other part of Jeff Sessions’ order: people facing gang violence also won’t qualify for asylum. This mainly affects Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. The US Agency for International Development says El Salvador has the world’s highest homicide rate for people under age 19. More than 500 were murdered in 2016.
The WNBA kicked off its 2018 season last month. The LA Sparks are considered one of the top teams in the league. However, players can’t make a living in the WNBA. 2016 League MVP Nneka Ogwumike is a power forward for the LA Sparks and says the pay is so low that many women play abroad in the off-season. She herself plays in Russia in the winter.
Nneka Ogwumike at KCRW. Photo by Amy Ta.
Nneka Ogwumike (#30) high fives teammate Chelsea Gray (#12)
during a game against the Minnesota Lynx on June 3, 2018 at the Staples Center.
Photo courtesy of LA Sparks.
Nneka Ogwumike (#30) handles the ball against the Minnesota Lynx
on May 20, 2018 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Photo courtesy of LA Sparks.
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