New US Visas Offered to Crime Victims

This is a good tool to keep crimes from going unreported. Many victims of crime, both legal and illegal citizens, often fail to report crimes due to fear of retaliation or, in this case, deportation.

New US Visas Offered to Crime Victims
By ROXANA HEGEMAN
October 19, 2007
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Illegal immigrants who are victims of violent crimes in the U.S. can now apply for special visas, seven years after Congress offered protection against deportation to those who cooperate with law enforcement agencies.The U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services is finally starting to process the visas this week, agency spokeswoman Marilu Cabrera said.

The long delay occurred largely because the agency drafted rules for issuing the so-called “U” visas before it became a division of the then-new Department of Homeland Security, she said. Consequently, the rules had to be reviewed again. Then the Department of Justice had concerns, she said.

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