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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

DHS TO CONSIDER ASYLUM PETITIONS BY BATTERED WOMEN

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The New York Times reports on an important change in the country's asylum policies:

Moving cautiously, the Department of Homeland Security
did not immediately recommend asylum for the Mexican woman, who is
identified in the court papers only by her initials as L.R. But the
department, in the unusual submission written by senior government
lawyers, concluded in plain terms that "it is possible" that the
Mexican woman "and other applicants who have experienced domestic
violence could qualify for asylum."

As recently as last year,
Bush administration lawyers had argued in the same case that in spite
of her husband's brutality, L.R. and other battered women could not
meet the standards of American asylum law.

"This really opens
the door to the protection of women who have suffered these kinds of
violations," said Karen Musalo, a professor who is director of the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at the University of California
Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. Professor Musalo has
represented other abused women seeking asylum and recently took up the
case of L.R.

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  1. D's Avatar
    How about battered men?
  2. Legal_Alien_from_Roswell's Avatar
    Battered by USCIS ;-)
  3. Kamal Jain's Avatar
    Why would they be eligible for asylum in the US? There are battered women in the US too.
  4. Federale's Avatar
    So, now every woman in the world can claim a green card.
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