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March 09, 2007

Immigration: Victims of violent crime sue feds over visa issues

I have a case that is similar to this story by Juliana Barbass, Associated Press, March 8, 2007

"Immigrants not offered permanent residency for protection as promised

SAN FRANCISCO -- Undocumented immigrants who have suffered violent crimes sued the federal government Wednesday for failing to issue them protective visas approved by Congress more than six years ago.

The Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act, signed in 2000, created a visa category that would let victims of violent crimes who overcome their fear of deportation and cooperate with law enforcement remain in the country and eventually apply for permanent residency.

But federal immigration authorities still have not issued application forms or regulations for the "U" visa, making it impossible for qualifying immigrants to take advantage of the protection, attorneys said.

"We finally decided that without the intervention of the federal courts, we could easily be waiting for another six years before an application form is made available," said Peter A. Schey, president of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law and lead counsel for the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco...".

at; http://www.freenewmexican.com/news/58182.html

Posted by VisaLawyer at March 9, 2007 04:32 AM

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