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America’s Asylum System Must Ensure the Protection of LGBTQ People

America’s Asylum System Must Ensure the Protection of LGBTQ People

A group of drag queens—clad in feathered boas and wigs—gathered at a stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas last week to protest construction of President Trump’s border wall. Lip-syncing to the tunes of Lady Gaga, they hoped to raise money in support of LGBTQ asylum seekers. Though the performance was meant to be lighthearted, […]

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Detention of Transgender Immigrants Expanding with Texas Facility

Written by on June 3, 2016 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
Detention of Transgender Immigrants Expanding with Texas Facility

The massive immigrant detention industry is still growing. According to officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the government is adding to its existing 637 facilities by opening a new privately-run detention center in Texas later this year. The 700-bed facility, which will be operated by the private prison corporation Emerald Correctional Management, includes a […]

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ICE’s Transfer of Transgender Women to Remote Detention Facility Raises Grave Concerns

Written by on August 28, 2015 in Detention with 1 Comment
ICE’s Transfer of Transgender Women to Remote Detention Facility Raises Grave Concerns

Earlier this summer, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), announced new policies regarding transgender adult detainees in its custody—policies that were intended to provide a “respectful, safe and secure environment for all detainees.” While some of the announced policies were well-received, many advocates identified serious shortcomings, including the continued allowance of solitary confinement and insufficient details […]

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New Memo on Detained Transgender Immigrants Does Not Go Far Enough

Written by on July 6, 2015 in Detention with 1 Comment
New Memo on Detained Transgender Immigrants Does Not Go Far Enough

U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) will shift its policies regarding transgender adult detainees in its custody according to a memo released last week. While the changes seem positive, they still fall short according to LGBTI and immigration advocates.

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Measuring Protections for LGBT Immigrants

Written by on June 23, 2015 in Asylum, Humanitarian Protection with 0 Comments
Measuring Protections for LGBT Immigrants

25 years ago, the Board of Immigration Appeals held that people fleeing persecution based on their sexual orientation are eligible for asylum. Just months later, President George H.W. Bush lifted a ban which excluded lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) immigrants from entering the country. A recent report by the Center for American Progress (CAP) […]

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Righting a Historical Wrong in Same-Sex Marriage Case

Righting a Historical Wrong in Same-Sex Marriage Case

Anthony Sullivan, a native of Australia, fell in love with Richard Adams, an American, in 1971. A few years later, the couple traveled to Colorado when they learned the county clerk in Boulder was issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Soon after, they filed a green-card petition based on their marriage to the then-Immigration and […]

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Former Attorney General Gets it Wrong on DOMA and Same Sex Immigration Benefits

Former Attorney General Gets it Wrong on DOMA and Same Sex Immigration Benefits

Former Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales is advocating in the New York Times that the Supreme Court decision in U.S. v. Windsor, which invalidated Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), should not allow the Obama administration to afford immigration benefits to married, same-sex bi-national couples.  Rather, he argues, the administration is bound […]

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USCIS Approves First Green Cards for Same Sex Couples

USCIS Approves First Green Cards for Same Sex Couples

On June 26, the Supreme Court issued its decision in the case of United States v. Windsor, in which it struck down section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defined marriage as between a man and a woman for all federal laws.  This law meant that the immigration agencies would not recognize […]

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Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA, Affirms Immigration Rights of Gay and Lesbian Couples

Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA, Affirms Immigration Rights of Gay and Lesbian Couples

Today, the Supreme Court issued its decision in the case United States v. Windsor, striking down section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, on the basis that it violated equal protection under the due process clause of the 5th Amendment. DOMA established an exclusively heterosexual definition of “marriage,” and denied same-sex couples […]

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How the Supreme Court Decision on DOMA Will Impact Immigration Law

How the Supreme Court Decision on DOMA Will Impact Immigration Law

Family unity is one of the driving forces in our immigration system.  United States citizens and lawful permanent residents can obtain immigrant visas for their spouses.  Many foreign nationals who come to the United States on employment-based visas bring their spouses and children with them.  And some waivers and forms of relief from removal are […]

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