Under the U-visa program, immigrants who help authorities in the United States uncover crimes are granted protection, and there are now calls to expand the program. Certain groups of immigrants are usually the targets of crimes and are usually too afraid to speak out or reach out to authorities to help bring the perpetrators to book hence the creation of U-visa as an incentive and protection for immigrants who help authorities in criminal investigations. Unfortunately, the anti-immigration policies of the current administration are causing U- visa program major harm as immigrants are desisting from helping government agencies to solve crime issues because of the fear of being deported in the process instead of getting the U-visa. About nine years ago, an immigrant woman, Margarita O'Campo, was a victim of crime. The mother of three who had a three-day-old baby then was held hostage for hours by two men who put a gun to her head as her children looked on. The woman who described the day as the worst day of her life said she did all she could to help authorities in investigating the matter but is not granted U-visa given that the crime took place more than six years ago.
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