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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 19, 2019

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Kristen Thompson, Communications Director, Immigration Equality
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Immigration Equality Denounces Plan to Send Asylum Seekers at U.S.-Mexico Border to Guatemala

NEW YORK, NY In response to the Trump administration’s plan to force asylum seekers to pursue their claims in Guatemala, Immigration Equality’s Legal Director, Bridget Crawford, issued the following statement:

“The Guatemala ‘safe’ third country agreement is a farce. Sending asylum seekers to Guatemala – where LGBTQ and HIV-positive individuals are routinely persecuted – is reprehensible. In recent years, tens of thousands of people have fled Guatemala seeking safety elsewhere, including scores of LGBTQ and HIV-positive individuals who risk extreme violence or even death if they stay there.

“Under this agreement, once asylum seekers are sent from the U.S. to Guatemala, they are at tremendous risk of being unjustly returned to the countries they fled.  Guatemala simply does not have adequate infrastructure to process the claims of asylum seekers under this agreement, which stands in clear violation of U.S. law and the right to due process. All asylum seekers’ claims, including those of queer, trans, and HIV-positive immigrants, must be taken seriously. We demand the Trump administration obey the law and treat refugees with the dignity and protection they deserve.”

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Immigration Equality is the nation’s leading LGBTQ immigrant rights organization. We represent and advocate for people from around the world fleeing violence, abuse, and persecution because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status.