Graham H. Tye North Las Vegas
April 7, 2017 – 9:00 pm
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In you April 4 story, “Latino lobbyists express priorities,” Assembly Majority Floor Leader Teresa Benitez-Thompson is reported as saying one of her priority bills this session would expand the state victims of crime program, which provides financial benefits to those injured as a result of criminal activity, to include undocumented victims. “If you are a victim of a crime, the thing that matters least is your documentation status,” she said.
If you have broken U.S. immigration laws when entering the country, then by definition you have committed a crime. You should not be in the United States, could not therefore suffer injury as a result of criminal activity within the United States, and should thus not qualify for victim benefits from the courts.
I’m sure Ms. Benitez-Thompson would want to
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