Is the United States poised to become a refuge for domestic violence victims from other nations? If the Obama administration has its way, asylum in the U.S. could be granted to women who are victims of domestic violence and feel they need to flee their country to protect themselves.
Previously reserved for those who claim persecution by a government, political asylum in the U.S. is typically granted to those who demonstrate that their persecution is due to religious or political beliefs, race, nationality, or membership in a group.
Asylum for domestic violence victims would expand the guidelines to include women (and men) facing partner abuse.
Last week a Guatemalan woman, Rody Alvarado, who fled her native country in 1995 and applied for asylum in the U.S.,was granted her request by an immigration judge, opening up the possibility for others to follow suit.