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April 27, 2010

Metro Nashville police block visas for crime victims, witnesses

By Janell Ross • THE TENNESSEAN, April 18, 2010

"Luis Cisneros' body was found two days before Christmas 2003.

The 4-year-old had been scalded, beaten and dumped behind a dirt mound in a West Nashville park. His mother and her boyfriend fled to Mexico, their native country. The FBI put the boyfriend on its Most Wanted list, alongside people like Osama bin Laden.

Three years after the grisly crime, Teodora Patlan Cano felt compelled to seek justice for her dead nephew. She called Metro police and told them where her sister was living.

That act got Patlan Cano deported late last year.

A visa that protects illegal immigrants who witness or become victims of crimes might have prevented that, but it requires certification from local police. Metro police rejected Patlan Cano's request to be certified as a witness, an event immigrants and their advocates say happens far too frequently with that department.

"What we know is they did not lift a finger to help this woman," said Elliott Ozment, Patlan Cano's Nashville immigration attorney. "This, it appears, is how Metro Nashville treats its informants and people who are trying to help this city fight egregious crimes."

Police department officials contend they have an efficient certification process and recognize that the visas are valuable incentives to get illegal immigrants to cooperate. The department will participate next month in a national program to help develop best practices for handling crime victim and witness certifications and requests...".


Posted by VisaLawyer at April 27, 2010 08:07 AM


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