Justice Department panel to consider spousal abuse claims in requests for asylum by immigrants

  • by: ALICIA A. CALDWELL , Associated Press
  • Updated: August 27, 2014 - 5:45 PM

WASHINGTON — A government immigration board has determined for the first time that domestic violence victims may be able to qualify for asylum in the United States. The ruling comes in the case of a Guatemalan woman who crossed into the U.S. illegally in 2005 after fleeing her husband.

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