The Attorney General referred the decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals (Board) to himself for review of issues relating to whether being a victim of private criminal activity constitutes a cognizable “particular social group” for purposes of an application for asylum and withholding of removal, ordering that the case be stayed during the pendency of his review.

The decision to refer this case is widely viewed as an attempt to undermine the Board's precedent in Matter of A-R-C-G-, which recognizes that survivors of domestic violence may qualify for asylum.

The full text of the order in Matter of A-B- can be found here: