The Trump administration’s tough talk on immigration has had a chilling effect on the immigrant community in Los Angeles, especially on women who are victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
One victim, who requested anonymity out of fear of deportation, described enduring beatings from her husband for many years without ever calling authorities. She came from Mexico when she was two years old and was undocumented.
“I was scared to call the police because he would always tell me that if I did no one was going to believe me, I didn’t have papers, I was going to get deported, I was going to lose my kids,” she said.” So, that’s what I was afraid of, all those years.”
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