Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Monday, April 3, 2006

Immigration Policy and Domestic Violence Shelters

"Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., repeatedly questioned whether proposed amendments to criminalize aiding illegal immigrants would create problems for a shelter for victims of domestic abuse, which takes in women and children regardless of their legal status. One of several amendments proposed by Sens. John Kyl, R-Ariz., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, would have required anyone who provides humanitarian assistance to illegal immigrants to register first with the federal government."You'd be asking every religious organization, humanitarian organization, every employee, every volunteer to be certified by the Department of Homeland Security before they can serve soup at a domestic abuse shelter," Durbin suggested." By Patricia Zapor, Tidings Online Link to Article (last visited 4-2-06 NVS)

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