They must be taking advice from Az Gov Jan Brewer and her mentor dethroned “king” Russell Pearce

…They must be taking advice from Az Gov Jan Brewer and her mentor dethroned “king” Russell Pearce  … Hey they’re just “illegals” so they don’t count …

House Bill on Violence Would Hand Power to Abusers of Immigrant Women and Allow Criminal Prosecution of Victims

URL to article: http://blogs.alternet.org/speakeasy/2012/05/15/house-bill-on-violence-would-hand-power-to-abusers-of-immigrant-women-and-allow-criminal-prosecution-of-victims/?akid=8782.23062.Aj5dzY&rd=1&t=19

Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center provides legal services under the Violence Against Women Act to hundreds of victims and their children each year. We are appalled at the immigration provisions that the judiciary committee in the House of Representatives passed in HR4970. This bill erodes protections available to immigrant victims.

Abusers frequently use immigration status as a weapon against their undocumented victims by threatening to have the victim deported or refusing to complete an application for status. A VAWA self-petition allows a victim of violence to apply for lawful status on her own behalf, without relying on her abusive spouse, if she can show that she has been a victim of violence at the hands of her husband who is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident. HR4970 eliminates important confidentiality protections that are critical to ensure the victims’ safety. Immigration officials would notify abusers that the victim is seeking protection from the abuse. This is particularly dangerous for victims who are still living with their abusers or have children, as many immigrant victims have very limited options to leave an abusive situation until they obtain legal status. To seek protection, the victim will also reveal her whereabouts even if she managed to escape.

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