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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 8, 2018

Immigration Equality Responds to Illegal Move to Bar Migrants from Seeking Asylum in U.S.

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

NEW YORK, NY —  In response to the Trump administration’s announcement of an illegal plan to restrict refugees at the southern border from asking for asylum anywhere other than a port of entry, Immigration Equality, the nation’s leading LGBTQ immigrant rights organization, issued the below statement from its Executive Director Aaron C. Morris:

“This latest attack on asylum seekers is an appalling attempt to deny protection to people who have a fundamental human right to seek safety in the U.S. For months, the Trump administration has made it nearly impossible to apply for asylum at ports of entry. Deserving refugees have been trapped while waiting for their chance to apply for asylum. This is ugly, immoral, and illegal.

“For LGBTQ asylum seekers, this wait can be deadly. Earlier this year, a shelter housing transgender asylum seekers on the Mexican side of the border was burned to the ground in an apparent arson. LGBTQ people cannot safely wait for weeks or months or years for the chance to seek asylum.”

Immigration Equality has won asylum for more than 1,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ), and HIV-positive people, and currently represents more than 600 asylum seekers. Last week, the organization released a short film highlighting the stories of several of the LGBTQ refugees it helped to secure asylum in the U.S. View the video here and read more about the film and the people profiled in it here.

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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.