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Old 01-24-2002, 03:07 PM   #1
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Smuggled Immigrants to Get Visas

Smuggled Immigrants to Get Visas
U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft approved new rules Thursday creating special immigration visas for people smuggled into the United States and forced into prostitution, domestic service or farm labor.

These ``T-visas,'' created under a federal law passed in 2000, will allow victims to remain in the United States if they can persuade immigration authorities they would face ``extreme hardship involving unusual and severe harm'' if returned to their native countries.

After three years, victims can apply to remain in America permanently. In most cases, they also can apply to have their spouses and children join them in the United States. Applicants under 21 can ask to have their parents join them.

``America will not stand idly by as those who seek to profit from modern-day slavery ignore the humanity of their prisoners and show their disdain for the rule of law,'' Ashcroft said.

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/nati...n-Bondage.html
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Smuggled Immigrants to Get Visas

Smuggled Immigrants to Get Visas
U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft approved new rules Thursday creating special immigration visas for people smuggled into the United States and forced into prostitution, domestic service or farm labor.

These ``T-visas,'' created under a federal law passed in 2000, will allow victims to remain in the United States if they can persuade immigration authorities they would face ``extreme hardship involving unusual and severe harm'' if returned to their native countries.

After three years, victims can apply to remain in America permanently. In most cases, they also can apply to have their spouses and children join them in the United States. Applicants under 21 can ask to have their parents join them.

``America will not stand idly by as those who seek to profit from modern-day slavery ignore the humanity of their prisoners and show their disdain for the rule of law,'' Ashcroft said.

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/nati...n-Bondage.html
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