A landmark ruling this week by the country’s top immigration court, The Board of Immigration Appeals, is being heralded as a major victory for women seeking asylum in the United States. The ruling, which will allow migrants who are escaping from situations of extreme domestic abuse to obtain asylum in the US, is the first time a group comprised mainly of women will be given protection. While Conservatives are fuming over the decision which they feel could become a free pass for millions of women to enter the country, there are currently only about 300 cases before the immigration court dealing with domestic abuse victims.
Anger over immigration reform has led to a showdown between the GOP and President Obama who is intent on taking unilateral executive action on immigration reform. Obama’s executive action which is currently being drafted by lawyers could stop the deportation of up to 4 million parents of children who have been granted legal status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA and grant them work permits.
Republicans are threatening a government shutdown if Obama takes executive action on immigration reform by tying a budget bill to the immigration issue. The emergency funds the President had requested to help deal with large numbers of migrant children crossing the US border was not approved by Congress before they left for their summer recess.
GUEST: Edna Monroy, Southern California organizer for California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance