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Sorting out U.S. visas for crime victims
Sorting out U.S. visas for crime victims

As a society, we want people to report crimes and help bring criminals to justice. Without the cooperation of victims, the criminal justice system doesn't work very well. One particular problem for police and prosecutors is that people living in the country illegally are often hesitant to come forward after a crime for fear they will be deported if they cooperate with the authorities. That's why Congress passed the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Prevention Act in 2000. That law created a category of U-visas for unauthorized immigrants who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse as a result of a violent or serious criminal act in the United States, and who...

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