In an Aug. 26 decision from the Board of Immigration Appeals, the DOJ has decided to let Guatemalan women win asylum in the United States if they claim to be victims of domestic violence. If their asylum claim is accepted, not only do their children get U.S. citizenship but also the use of federal health, education and retirement programs, regardless of their initial education and work skills.
Not only does this decision create a huge new incentive for Guatemalan women to cross the U.S. border, it also means that many of the Guatemalan women who have already crossed the border this year have a new claim for asylum. This will also encourage coyotes and migrants in Central America who are already exploiting this administration’s lax immigration policies.
According to the Daily Caller, ”Under long-standing congressional laws and court precedents, people can seek asylum by showing evidence that they are persecuted because of their race, religion, nationality or political opinions or membership in a qualified social group. The “social group” is something of a catch-all category, and already includes married women from El Salvador, thousands of whom have also streamed across the border this year. “Depending on the facts and evidence in an individual case, ‘married women in Guatemala who are unable to leave their relationship’ can constitute a cognizable particular social group that forms the basis of a claim for asylum or withholding of removal,” said the immigration board’s decision. “We find that the lead respondent, a victim of domestic violence in her native country, is a member of a particular social group composed of ‘married women in Guatemala who are unable to leave their relationship,’” the board decision said.”
Without a lot of fanfare, the Department of Homeland Security filed a brief reversing a prior policy position during the Bush administration that said victims of domestic violence don’t count as a “social group” for immigration purposes in 2009.
Is there any doubt this domestic-violence decision will likely be used as established precedent in future immigration cases? As Allen West stated, "Law is all about precedent, and this August 26 decision by the Board of Immigration Appeals with Eric Holder’s Department of Justice is a victory for the progressive groups now trying to help many foreigners become citizens." You can be sure the word about this new decision is already out, not only in Central America but elsewhere as well.
If America's radical left can steer the demographic balance to their side, they can increase the dependence of the welfare nanny-state. Once it starts, there will be no stopping everyone from everywhere from coming to the U.S. After all, how can you not give asylum to victims in every other country in the world, if you can give asylum to victims of domestic violence in Guatemala? Who's going to foot the bill for this? The burden will fall to the American tax payer. One must ask how this new decision will impact middle income American families, if there are any left.
As usual, while the president had everyone focused on an impending executive order to approve amnesty, he was already implementing it behind the backs of the American people. Par for the course. (Pun intended) This puts the Republicans in a bad spot because if they object, they will be accused of gearing up their war on women, and it will now include women all over the world. What can be done? Call your congressional representatives in the House and Senate, and if they support this action — remove them from office in November.