President Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a new life-threatening order on June 12, 2018.
LGBTQnation.com reported on Sessions announcement that has deadly consequences for immigrants fleeing violence and abuse.
In a wide-reaching move, Sessions says that the government will no longer accept the threat of gang violence or domestic abuse as grounds for asylum in the U.S.
The insensitive new order affects all immigrants trying to escape danger but as lgbtqnation.com reports Sessions speech eluded to how the LGBTQ community will no doubt fall prey to it.
The order is going to disproportionately affect LGBTQ asylum seekers, many of them the victims of gang violence in their home countries. In fact, Sessions all but called LGBTQ asylum seekers out in his memo by referring to “certain populations.” In essence, Sessions said, it’s not America’s problem if you’re going to be killed for being gay or trans.
lgbtqnation.com share a telling excerpt from Session announcement that provides yet another chilling example of this administration’s harsh stance on immigration.
“The mere fact that a country may have problems effectively policing certain crimes — such as domestic violence or gang violence — or that certain populations are more likely to be victims of crime, cannot itself establish an asylum claim,” Sessions wrote in a 31-page memo to immigration judges.
A recent immigration court battle in which someone is seeking asylum from violence here in the U.S. has given more concern for worry because of the outcome of the case.
The heartlessness at the center of Session’s decision is illustrated by the specific case that spurred it. Ms. A.B.–court filings use only her initials–fled El Salvador after enduring years of violence, including rape, at the hands of her husband. She went to the local police, who did nothing. Finally, she came to the U.S., seeking asylum.
An immigration judge had ruled that what she endured was “criminal,” but still ruled against her claim. Ms. A.B. filed an appeal and won. Now she faces deportation after all.
Many LGBTQ advocacy groups and immigration organizations are up in arms about Sessions new order and have been quite vocal about their objection to it.