How SCOTUS Ruling on Arizona Law Could Hurt Domestic Violence Victims
[Editor's Note: The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the controversial "Show Me Your Papers" clause of Arizona’s immigration law disappointed women’s advocates. Women's eNews explains how this one part of the law could still prevent immigrant women from seeking help for domestic violence. --Grace]
“We were strongly hoping the entire law would be struck down, especially the ‘papers please’ law,” said Miriam Yeung, executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, an advocacy group with offices in New York and Washington.
Yeung says the clause will inhibit women from reporting domestic violence and seeking essential services. “For them the message is still ‘if you are going to interact with any aspect of government that they may have to produce their papers,’ ” she said.
June 25, 2012 - Phoenix, AZ, United States of America - GEORGINA SANCHEZ, prays at an impromptu alter at the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix, AZ, Monday.Credit Image: © Jack Kurtz/ZUMAPRESS.com