Federal judge recommends visa for Juana Villegas

Friday, September 21, 2012 at 6:01pm

Federal judge William Haynes signed an order on Thursday recommending the approval of a special type of visa for Juana Villegas.

Villegas, an undocumented immigrant, sparked controversy after she was arrested and shackled to a hospital bed in the final stages of pregnancy in 2009.

Haynes recommended that Villegas be approved for a U Visa — a temporary visa given to immigrants who are the victims of crimes.

However, Haynes didn't accuse the Davidson County Sheriff's Office, whom allegedly denied Villegas the use of a breast pump, of committing crimes. Rather, he ruled that Villegas had “met her minimum burden of showing that she is entitled to U Visa certification.”

The final decision for U Visa certification lies with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

In another order issued on Thursday, Haynes awarded Villegas more than $1 million in attorneys fees.

3 Comments on this post:

By: govskeptic on 9/22/12 at 7:18

Did the visa recommendation also include that a Free Home
should be provided by one of those mean old Banks, and no
deposit water and electric hookup from Metro?

By: bfra on 9/24/12 at 1:08

Judge Haynes, why don't you set her up in her own business, teaching how to bread every law thought of & come out with plenty of money. She says Citizen, what is that foolishness?

By: bfra on 9/24/12 at 3:14

s/h/b "break", but then everbody knows she has no respect of our laws, they are not hers, she is still ILLEGAL. Wonder how much of that money she will send to Mexico, or use to bring more ILLEGALS in?