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House Trying to Exclude Immigrants from Violence Against Women Act

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Despite being on the books for nearly two decades and there being little evidence of any abuse of visa categories designed to help immigrant victims of violence, the Republican-controlled US House of Representatives is seeking to strip out provisions in VAWA relating to immigrants despite the fact that the Senate has already voted to keep that section in the law.The White House is threatening to veto the bill if those protections are taken out.


From the LA Times:



Republicans in Congress are proposing to strip away existing protections for immigrants who are the victims of domestic violence.


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Currently the law offers anonymity to victims of domestic abuse who are applying for residency visas so that their applications cannot be sabotaged by their abusers. To encourage victims of domestic abuse crimes to remain in the U.S. and cooperate with police, witnesses are able to apply for a special residency visa and eventually apply for permanent residency.

Both of these safeguards have been removed from the House bill.


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"It's never been this nasty," said an administration official involved in the negotiations who was not authorized to speak publicly. "We'd rather not have a bill than have this be the bill," the official said.


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  1. JoeF's Avatar
    Wow. They really have no shame. The war on women continues.
  2. gg's Avatar
    Protect Immigrants Through Violence Against Women Act, Other Laws

    Rape, groping, and obscene language by abusive supervisors should not be part of the hard labor conditions that immigrant farmworkers endure while producing the nation's food. Instead of being valued for their contributions, immigrant farmworkers are subject to a dysfunctional immigration system and labor laws that exclude them from basic protections most workers take for granted.

    http://www.hrw.org/node/107044
  3. Jack's Avatar
    But law enforcement officials vary widely in their willingness to certify victims, due to a mistaken belief that they are helping unauthorized immigrants "get green cards."

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    Mistaken belief?

    Green Card for a Victim of a Crime (U Nonimmigrant)

    http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.eb1d4c2a3e5b9ac89243c6a7543f6d1a/?vgnextchannel=ad2f3a4107083210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD&vgnextoid=ad2f3a4107083210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD


    Maybe we could get more cooperation from law enforcement officials and better protect victims if it were not possible to turn a U visa into a green card.
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