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US to Consider Domestic Abuse in Asylum Cases

Women fleeing spousal abuse in their home countries could be eligible for asylum in the United States for the first time, following a ruling this week. The Justice Department's Board of Immigration Appeals ruled Tuesday that a Guatemalan woman who escaped "repugnant abuse" by her husband can qualify for asylum, after police in Guatemala did not respond to her reports of weekly beatings, attacks and rape. To seek asylum in the U.S., applicants must prove that the...

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