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Abused Women May Be Able to Seek Asylum in the US

Women don't have a single nationality or a common religion, but they do make up a defined group regularly subjected to domestic and sexual abuse. Yesterday, the Obama administration paved the way for women who are victims of severe abuse to receive asylum in the United States.

The administration signaled the policy change in its court filing in the case of a Mexican woman who is currently seeking asylum. The woman (who is known as "L.R.") says that her common law husband raped her at gunpoint, held her captive, and tried to burn her alive when he found out she was pregnant. L.R. maintains that if she were to be sent back to Mexico, she could be killed.

In its filing with the court, the Obama administration said that a woman such as L.R. should be granted asylum if she meets existing conditions for asylum and shows not only that her abuser views women as subordinate but also that domestic abuse is widely tolerated in her home country.

Do you think women who meet such conditions should be allowed to stay in the US, or do you worry that this policy will worsen the already overwhelmed US immigration situation?

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