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Central American women fleeing domestic violence deserve refugee status

Refugee advocates had a rare win when a social media campaign and huge media spotlight convinced Thailand not to return a young Saudi woman, Rahaf Mohammed Al-Qanun, to her allegedly abusive family. The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, was able to intervene and recognize her as a refugee and Canada agreed to resettle her. She arrived in Toronto on Saturday. I can’t help but wonder, though, what might have happened had she sought refuge at the U.S.-Mexico border instead of the Bangkok airport. Do Americans sympathetic to her plight see any connection with the women fleeing abusive spouses and…

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