VAWA is short for Violence Against Women, an act that was instituted in 1994 and was reinforced in 2006. The US Attorney General has gotten signatures from AG’s in many states across the US to get Congress to re-authorize the act.
In the past domestic violence was sometimes seen as a private matter. The idea was that both parties in a domestic violence situation were “consenting adults” and it was their business. We used to ask questions like ” Why does she stay with him?” or ” Why does he put up with that kind of abuse?” Now we know that there are a multitude of reasons that victimized spouses decide to stay with abusers and we know that it isn’t okay to say it’s just their choice. or their dumb luck for marrying a wretch.
Yes, our atttitude towards domestic violence has shifted here in the US, but we’ve reached a crossroads. Do we continue to work to make domestic violence a thing of the past? Do we help young women between 18 and 24 to avoid violence in dating or in casual relationships? Or do we accept that things have changed and hope for the best?
When I first looked at the question I thought it was a “no brainer” I wanted Congress to act on signing the Violence Against Women Act again. But then I wondered what it was that might be stopping Congress from signing something that seemed so helpful?
Guess what? Included in the regulations built into the VAWA is a ” fast track” for illegal immigrants. And that might be the sticking point for members of Congress who don’t want to appear to be going easy on illegals.
Why would there be a fast track approval for citizenship in a Violence Against Women Act? Well, sadly it looks like sometimes the women who come into this country as spouses and who are waiting for legal authorization to become citizens can be victims of violence as well. And if they complain they are likely to lose their path to citizenship. In otherwords, their spouse can get them to do what the spouse wants because they are liable to be deported otherwise.
Please note that the women that are able to enroll in this program are here legally. This isn’t about allowing illegal aliens to enter the US. This is about allowing what would have been a legally welcomed individual who may have had to change their status after experiencing physical abuse.
I wonder what Mitt would do? What would Paul do? What about Santorum? Huntsman? Gingrich?
What would you do?