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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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cg130 cg130 8 years
It would be really amazing if this could happen! I think it would be one step closer to recognizing the fact that women have been THE most oppressed group of people throughout human history, and that we deserve to be treated as a cohesive group that faces a great deal of oppression.
bchicgrl bchicgrl 8 years
I think they should be given asylum as long as they don't bend on the rules that he's setting. It's horrible that any country would condone abuse like that.
dikke-kus dikke-kus 8 years
Point well taken smacks83 but there has to be a means to fix the problem at the source. Maybe bringing these cases to light and throwing them all over CNN can help a bit. Technology is a powerful tool.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
People are crazy. This is really sad - even more so that this woman felt the need to flee her country because (I'm assuming, I don't know the details.) the Mexican government wouldn't help/protect her. I don't really know what to think about the matter, except maybe to raise the question as to if there are any other countries nearby that have asylum for abuse. I know the US is expected to take a lead role, but maybe they should also encourage other countries (if Mexico won't step up, in this case) to push for abuse asylum initiatives as well. Having more countries on board with this will take some pressure (financial, economical, and political) off of the US, I think.
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
Dikke, i would be afraid that by making Mexico suffer for not helping these reported crimes, some officials down there might make it harder for these crimes to be reported and dealt with because of how it would affect Mexican/American relations. I don't know specifically about Mexico, but I know in the Dominican Republic there are a lot of people more afraid of what the police will do (or not do) than they are of criminals themselves (my uncle there got robbed and brought out his shotgun to scare the would-be robbers away. When asked why he didn't call police, he told me they would probably steal more from him than the thief would.)
dikke-kus dikke-kus 8 years
I wish this article would explain why she has to flee here. Can't she press charges for rape and attempted murder? If not the Mexican Government needs to do something about it. Obama should of course allow people asylum however, every time we do that he should teach them all a lesson by making a few suggestions. Perhaps by beefing up the funding for the Mexican American border and making some changes with our import export agreements there. Make them suffer a little until they make some laws to protect the innocent. I wish I knew the issues at hand but I'm sure we could nip this problem in the bud by going to the source of the problem. As a mostly Catholic country they should be ashamed.
SeaAre86 SeaAre86 8 years
Horrible things happen everywhere, and it's unfortunate that we wouldn't be able to house/help them all. I worry about where these women will stay and how they will support themselves and possibly their children..
kiwitwist kiwitwist 8 years
Wow that poor woman.... what kind of person can do that to someone!?!?! Scares me that ppl exist in the world like that. I don't have any real opinion on the matter really. Whatever can help these women.
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