Martinez: Deportation fears are victimizing women twice

March 31, 2017

CHICAGO — In response to a report that undocumented immigrants who have been victims of domestic violence aren’t showing up to court because they fear deportation, Senate Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) issued the following statement:
 
“It breaks my heart to see women victimized twice, once when they suffered domestic violence and then when they refuse to report their perpetrators for fear of being deported thanks to President Trump’s immigration policies.
 
That’s why I support the Cook County State’s Attorney’s statements on the issue and applaud her for working with immigration advocacy groups to prosecute criminals who prey on the undocumented. I have fought against domestic violence my entire career, and I’m ready to support our State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx’s efforts in any way I can in the legislature.
 
We have to create an environment in which domestic violence victims feel safe reporting the crimes committed against them so offenders can be brought to justice. Trump’s policies have done exactly the opposite, and it is something that I find unacceptable in Illinois. I stand ready to work at protecting immigrant victims of domestic violence.”

 

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