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Immigration Attorneys Raise Concerns About U Visa Policy Changes

About eight years ago Mirsa Urias was working at a restaurant in Bakersfield. She was the only person working up front and says it was business as usual until one man entered. “He pointed a gun at me and said I had to give him money,” the 30-year-old says in Spanish. “I gave him money and he went running out of the store and threatened me before that. He said if I didn’t give him the money he would shoot me.” Urias says she was the only witness to the robbery and law enforcement was depending on her to identify him. She calls the situation “traumatic,” and even sought out help. “I had to find a psychologist to help me a little,” Urias says. “Yes, it did traumatize me a bit, but it’s an experience that’s not easy to deal with the first few days and while continuing to work. Another person would have quit, but since I needed the job I needed to stay and keep moving forward, you know?” Now, Urias says she doing better. She’s folding laundry in her living room while her 2-year-old plays
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