La Opinion yesterday quoted LIRS Director for Advocacy Eric B. Sigmon in an excellent article on this week’s vote on the deeply flawed version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), H.R. 4970.
Antonieta Cádiz’s May 15 piece “Congreso busca modificar beneficios para víctimas de abuso” (Congress Seeks to Modify Benefits for Victims of Abuse) quotes Sigmon as saying:
“La versión de VAWA en la Cámara e Representantes debilitará protecciones y desincentivará a las víctimas de ayudar a la policía en la investigación y la persecución de delitos.”
“The House’s Violence Against Women Act legislation would weaken protections in current law for battered immigrants and deter them from assisting law enforcement in the investigation and prosecution of crimes.”
La Opinion’s piece also covered the letter on VAWA sent to the House Judiciary Committee by LIRS and a broad cross-section of other faith leaders and organizations. The letter registers serious concerns about H.R. 4970’s immigration provisions.
We appreciate La Opinion‘s coverage of this critical issue, and we ask that everyone who Stands for Welcome to raise concerns about H.R. 4970 with Member of Congress by visiting the LIRS Action Center.