By Erica Hagen
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Abused immigrants seeking asylum in the United States have waited eight years for the government to approve regulations to review their status. Advocates say the best chance for moving these cases forward is a more immigrant-friendly administration.
(WOMENSENEWS)--Safety advocates for refugee and immigrant women are anxiously looking past today's elections to see who gets appointed as the next secretary of the Homeland Security Department and the country's next attorney general.
Those appointments could once and for all settle the fate of Rodi Alvarado, whose long-running application for asylum on the grounds of facing domestic abuse in her homeland of Guatemala could set precedent for many other women seeking to avoid international trips back to dangerous households.
In the case, Alvarado's lawyer, Karen Musalo, is setting her hopes on the Democratic ticket of Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Joe Biden winning out.