The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a federal act designed to protect vulnerable spouses and children. It is recognition that the United States does not condone illegal/immoral behavior of U.S. citizens and green card holders. The program allows victims of battery or extreme cruelty to get green cards. This is true even if the person who was abused is in the U.S. without legal authorization. In essence, the government’s position is "we value the well-being of people more than somebody’s lack of legal presence". It is an appropriate policy.