Honor the Human Rights of LGBT Asylum Seekers in the U.S.
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Honor the Human Rights of LGBT Asylum Seekers in the U.S.

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      LGBT-FAN

LGBT people who flee attacks, torture, and murder in their home countries expect to find safety in the U.S. but often face more hardships when they arrive.  Unlike refugees, asylum seekers are not allowed to work until they have been granted asylum or until at least 180 days after filing an application, whichever occurs first. They are also not able to access most programs that are supported by government funds. Many become homeless while their claims are pending, and others are vulnerable to abuse in immigration detention. Those with out proper documents upon entry, or who attempt to reenter after being turned away, are being criminally prosecuted under U.S. federal law. Language barriers and ongoing discrimination can leave asylum seekers in despair, especially if they are detained or do not receive community support. Specifically, we call on leaders to:  

1) Lift the one-year filing deadline on asylum applications, which especially harms LGBT people who are living in the shadows with limited access to information;  

2) Remove the "bed quota," the law requiring that at least 34,000 beds be filled in immigration detention facilities nightly, as it provides inhuman incentives to keep people locked up. LGBT people are particularly vulnerable to harm while detained;  

3) Support alternatives to immigration detention, such as the programs that are being established by an increasing number of faith-based and community-based organizations around the U.S.;

4) Remove barriers to asylum seekers resulting from Department of Homeland Security (DHS) referrals to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for criminal prosecution of asylum seekers prior to adjudication of asylum claims and stop criminalizing asylees.

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    • ABDULAH SSALI TORONTO, CANADA
      • 4 months ago

      THE US GOV AND CANADA GOV SHOULD STAND UP AND WORK OUT FOR THIS. NO HIDING....

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    • Harry Kennedy BOULDER, CO
      • 6 months ago

      Humane treatment of all asylum seekers is the right thing to do no matter what the circumstances, be those reasons political or the desire to freely express one's sexuality or gender identification.

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    • Rebecca Friedman SAN JOSE, CA
      • 6 months ago

      Because keeping immigrants - of -whatever- sexual orientation or gender status - locked up is not good for them -nor- for the nation. The author of this is right - ruling you must have X people locked up nightly provides -really bad incentives- to do exactly that. I don't know why such rules would be passed initially, but I do not think they should be kept.

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    • barbara jordan RALEIGH, NC
      • 6 months ago

      Justice for all

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    • Francisco Ramirez AUSTIN, TX
      • 6 months ago

      I myself am bisexual and wish to support members of the LGBT community around the world from discrimination, even if all I can do is sign this

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