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County attorney stresses concerns over U-Visa applications

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Undocumented workers that are victims of crime often have a path to legalization.

In the last two years, the Maricopa County attorney's office has signed six U-Visa applications.  They are visas that allow victims of crimes whom testify against a suspect to be able to legally stay in the United States. The county attorney stressed concerns at his weekly media conference.

"This is absolutely not any kind of a tool, to affect some kind of shadow immigration policy. I don't run this office that way, that's not the approach that I take to these issues," said county attorney Bill Montgomery.

Montgomery insists that the mere percentage of the U-Visa applications the office has signed in no way reflects a particular immigration approach. Instead, his office tries every other means necessary and only on a very selective basis will he sign U-Visa applications.

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