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Summary: The U visa allows an immigrant in the United States (legally or illegally; most are illegally) to stay and work in the U.S. and eventually obtain a green card for permanent residency, if they have been a victim of crime and are cooperating with authorities in investigation of that crime. The majority of U visas are given to victims of domestic abuse, although the list of eligible crimes is quite long and there are numerous cases of immigrants helping with other types of crimes. Law enforcement officials must certify that the immigrant is a legitimate victim of a crime and that they have provided actual assistance in its investigation, in order to qualify for the U visa. U’s are capped at 10,000 per year, a number grossly inadequate to the number of victims who are applying, and the huge backlog means victims wait years to be processed. In the meanwhile, they could be deported or they could be continually and repeatedly victimized by domestic abusers who have leverage over them because they fear deportation. Expanding U visas and stopping deportation of U visa applicants will help solve crime by encouraging immigrants to cooperate with law enforcement without fear of deportation. It also helps taxpayers by reducing the social costs of welfare and wasted law enforcement resources.
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Coach Vance debated in National Forensic League debate while in high school from 1979-1982. In college, he judged at high school NFL tournaments in North Carolina. A homeschooling dad himself, he realized the growing potential and benefit of homeschool debate and switched over to coaching homeschoolers a couple years later. In 2001, he helped Chris Jeub with bringing The Blue Book to a more advanced level. He has been co-authoring Blue Book ever since.