Battered women deserve a safe haven in the U.S.

To the editor: In 1939, the U.S. returned the Jewish passengers of the liner St. Louis to Germany, where many perished. Our current refugee protection system came into existence to prevent the return of those fleeing persecution to their deaths. ("In a world full of persecution, how many people can the U.S. protect?," Editorial, Sept. 15) Around the world, women are beaten and killed by their spouses with absolute impunity, and they, like those who fled the Holocaust, deserve protection. Your editorial blames these women for marrying abusive men rather than recognizing that domestic violence is rooted in patriarchy and brutal discrimination against women in countries that...