National Organization for Women:
The U.S. Senate is currently debating an Immigration "Reform" (sic) bill. One of the two dozen amendments is being offered by Senators Coleman (R-Minn) and Domenici (R-N Mex) and would prevent immigrant women from seeking aid from law enforcement when they are the victims of domestic or sexual violence. The amendment would overturn state and local policies that ensure that a victim's immigration status would remain confidential when reporting battery to law enforcement.
Each year approximately two million women are physically or sexually assaulted by an intimate partner in the United States. Recent studies show that more than half of the victims of intimate partner violence are foreign-born. Immigrant women face more barriers to receiving treatment for domestic and sexual violence than most women who are citizens face. Often times an abuser will use a woman's immigration status to blackmail them into staying in the relationship and facing the battering.
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I have had several thoughts on amnesty. Currently I see no problem with it, and lean in favor of supporting it. I tend to be tentative in full confident support of amnesty, but if amnesty advocates won the political battle, I'd love to wake up in that world. And I'd volunteer for whatever groups needed a hand in affirming that.
Hmmm...maybe I should volunteer now,...