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#1 Old 07-15-2009, 05:38 PM
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The Obama Administration has reversed a Bush Administration position regarding possible asylum in the USA for women that are citizens of other nations that recognizes sexual abuse and domestic violence as a possible avenue for the woman to be granted asylum in the USA. I believe this to be an excellent response to a world-wide problem by the Administration, but I am sure that there are those that will worry that foreigners will have a new path to enter the USA. What do you think?



Today's NY Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/16/us/16asylum.html?hp



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The Obama administration has opened the way for foreign women who are victims of severe domestic beatings and sexual abuse to receive asylum in the United States. The action reverses a Bush administration stance on an issue at the center of a protracted and passionate legal battle over the possibilities for battered women to become refugees.



In addition to meeting the existing strict conditions for being granted asylum, abused women need to show a judge that women are viewed as subordinate by their abuser, according to a court filing by the administration, and must also show that domestic abuse is widely tolerated in their country.

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Any amount of compassion is a welcome change.



I applaud the efforts of the administration in this matter.
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Compassion is nice in the white house for once.





I just hope that the new system doesn't become abused itself.

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compassion is nice in the white house for once.





I just hope that the new system doesn't become abused itself.



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#5 Old 07-16-2009, 01:33 AM
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That means that pretty much the entire female population of South Africa and the Congo are eligible for asylum in the US.



http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009...ca-rape-survey



http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008...monies-walungu



Congrats to the USA for being willing to take on a potential 20 million South Africans and 15 million people from the DR Congo in asylum.
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Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

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I think it's a great idea. I'll never understand the fear and hatred in this country that exists towards immigrants and refugees, since (other than Native Americans) every US citizen is a descendant of an immigrant.



Women who's lives and well-being are subject to the whims of abusive men absolutely deserve asylum. Kudos to Obama's administration.
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I think it's a great idea. I'll never understand the fear and hatred in this country that exists towards immigrants and refugees, since (other than Native Americans) every US citizen is a descendant of an immigrant.



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+1 x 100

Does that mean my agreement would be +101?

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Does that mean my agreement would be +101?



Yes, because I voted early and often.
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