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Church Divided on Immigrant Abuse Debate

Opinions vary widely on a bill offering protection to abused immigrants

This article is from Issue 58: Jul/Aug 2012

In 1994, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was enacted to protect women victims of violence. One provision of the act grants special U visas immigrant victims, ensuring their legal status in the United States after prosecuting an abuser. But new bills from the House and Senate show Congress is split on whether or not to scrap provision– and the Church is just as divided.