VAWA Suspension of Deportation Interlineated Statute: VAWA 1994, 2000, 2005 [pdf]

This document tracks amendments creating VAWA suspension of deportation in 1994 and amendments occurring to VAWA suspension of deportation by VAWA 200 and VAWA 2005. Please note that VAWA suspension of deportation continues as an option for battered spouses and children of U.S. citizen and lawful permanent resident abusers despite the fact that suspension of deportation was removed from the Immigration and Nationality Act by the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996. The code section that used to apply to suspension of deportation including VAWA suspension of deportation was INA Section 244. When suspension of deportation was replaced by cancellation of removal the INA section that had been used for suspension of deportation was reassigned to Temporary Protected Status. Although the code section was eliminated from the INA for VAWA suspension of deportation the immigration relief remains available for battered immigrant spouses and children of US citizens and lawful permanent residents and VAWA suspension of deportation has continued to be improved in subsequent reauthorizations of VAWA.