If Immigrants Report Domestic Violence, Do They Risk Deportation?

News & Politics
This post, written by Ann Friedman, originally appeared on Feministing

Broadsheet has the unfortunate news that an amendment may be tacked on to the immigration bill that would make women's immigration status known to federal authorities if they report domestic violence to local police.

Currently the Violence Against Women Act protects women by preventing local law enforcement from disclosing immigration status to the feds. But this amendment would essentially junk that portion of VAWA in the name of facilitating "information sharing between federal and local law enforcement officials related to an individual's immigration status," as the amendment's authors, Republican Senators Norm Coleman and Pete Domenici, put it. Broadsheet reports,
"This is an extraordinary attempt to punish the undocumented immigrants in our country," said Olga Vives, NOW's executive vice president, in a phone call with Broadsheet just now. "Their lives are at stake here, in particular those women who are dependent on the immigration status of their partners. For victims of domestic abuse, this is a double whammy."

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