HuffPo: “U.S. to Consider Spousal Abuse In Immigration Claims”

From the Huffington Post:

U.S. To Consider Spousal Abuse In Immigration Claims

A government immigration board has determined for the first time that domestic violence victims may be able to qualify for asylum in the United States. The ruling comes in the case of a Guatemalan woman who crossed into the U.S. illegally in 2005 after fleeing her husband.

Are there no other countries closer to Guatemala than the U.S.? Why is the U.S. assumed to be the natural rectifier of domestic dramas around the world?

A reader suggests:

I would imagine if both spouses claimed to be victims of each other, they could both move here at the same time.

After this gets going and people all over the world figure out how to get in on it, I wonder what percentage of spousal abuse asylees will then petition to have their husbands admitted to the U.S. under “family reunification?”