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Federal Witness Promised U Visa; Did DHS Reneg on Deal?

June 21, 2016 (1 min read)

María Ines Zamudio, Commercial Appeal, June 18, 2016 - "Wendy Sarai Palacios thought she'd struck a deal with someone she could trust — the U.S. government.  She'd fearfully testify against the predatory smuggler who brought her into the country illegally in 2014 then attempted to rape her. She'd provide all those details, under oath, that she'd hoped never to tell anyone. In exchange, she'd get a pathway to citizenship — a so-called U-visa for crime victims who cooperate in criminal investigations — and a new life in America with a newborn daughter.  But Palacios, living with family in East Memphis since 2015, says federal officials reneged on their promise and she faces a deportation hearing June 22."