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Law enforcement may not be helping immigrant crime victims with visas

by Take Two®

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U.S. Immigration inspectors check passports July 2, 2002 at Miami International Airport in Miami, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

If you've come here from another country and you're a victim of a crime, the government wants you to cooperate and help find the perpetrator.

That's where a U visa comes in.

It allows someone to stay in the country as long as they work with police officers to bring about justice. It's also a pathway to citizenship.

But there's a problem.

According to the Desert Sun newspaper, it's not clear whether a majority of law enforcement agencies in California are helping victims with their visa applications.

Michelle Carey, supervising attorney for the LA Center for Law and Justice, joined Take Two to explain what's at stake for both crime and the affected immigrants.

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