Australia is sending a strong message to domestic abusers who want to enter the country.
The country’s stringent new laws tell abusers that they are not welcome in Australia.
The website Upworthy.com reports that Australia has recently broadened a migration law barring any person who has been convicted of domestic violence anywhere in the world from obtaining a visa to enter the country.
Among those who were turned away include American boxer Floyd Mayweather and American R&B singer Chris Brown.
Now, the ban applies to all foreign visitors who have been found guilty of violence against women or children.
The new rule also can potentially kick out convicted domestic abusers who already have visas and are living in Australia at the current time. And the government is actively using the rule, which took effect on February 28, 2019 to send a message to domestic violence perpetrators.
“Australia has no tolerance for perpetrators of violence against women and children,” Federal Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman said in a public statement. “The message is clear: if you’ve been convicted of a violent crime against women or children, you are not welcome in this country, wherever the offense occurred, whatever the sentence.”
“By canceling the visas of criminals we have made Australia a safer place. These crimes inflict long-lasting trauma on the victims and their friends and family, and foreign criminals who commit them are not welcome in our country.”
So what are your thoughts on this enterprising new rule?
Is it something that the United States should consider?