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April 5, 2019

IMMIGRATION EQUALITY DENOUNCES TRUMP’S CALL TO ELIMINATE ASYLUM SYSTEM, IMMIGRATION JUDGES

Contact:
Kristen Thompson, communications@immigrationequality.org, +1 917 620 4502
Spencer Tilger, communications@immigrationequality.org, +1 917 654 8994

NEW YORK, NY — Today, President Trump called upon Congress to eliminate the asylum system and immigration judges. Bridget Crawford, Immigration Equality’s Legal Director, issued the following statement in response:

“President Trump’s recent call to ‘get rid of the entire asylum system’ and dispense with immigration judges is appalling and flies in the face of international and domestic law. For LGBTQ and HIV-positive refugees, asylum is a critical lifeline to safety and protection from persecution. The President’s systematic attacks on the immigration system betray America’s historic commitment to providing sanctuary to those most in need and contradict the overwhelming sentiment of the American people that our country must remain a beacon of hope for refugees.

“Immigrants make our country stronger. We are proud that our asylum system provides an avenue for LGBTQ people and those living with HIV to live freely and openly. Instead of gutting the system, Congress should remain true to our American values by improving the asylum system, protecting the rights of immigrants and refugees, and celebrating their invaluable contributions to our society.”

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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. Our legal team has won asylum for more than 1,000 LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrants while maintaining a 99% success rate.