Immigrant women in New Mexico fear deportation if they report domestic violence
Immigrant women in Albuquerque, New Mexico, are worried that they may end up being deported if they report domestic violence, according to Womense-news.
This is because Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have, since May this year, been working alongside the local police at the city's new Prisoner Transport Centre. Under new guidelines issued by the mayor, ICE agents will screen anyone passing through.
For Claudia Medina, who runs a community project for immigrant women who are victims of domestic violence, that's a worrying development.
We have been getting assurances from the police chief that they won't call ICE on them if they are just calling to report a crime," said Medina. "But the immigrant community doesn't know that. They just know that ICE is housed with the police and there is a strong relationship there."