AsylumConnect's Week in Review- 02/02/2018

This week, we take a look at the worsening border situation in Tijuana, Mexico as well as anti-LGBT sentiment in Indonesia. Here are five of the most important articles to keep you up to date with the latest LGBTQ and migration news.

Mexico to deport up to 500 migrants who tried to cross US border

The Guardian

“Tensions have been rising in Tijuana, where more than 5,000 people have been camped in and around a sports complex after making their way through Mexico in caravans – groups of migrants travelling together for safety. Many hope to apply for asylum in the US but agents at the San Ysidro entry point have been processing fewer than 100 asylum applications a day”.

The tear gas is gone. But in this shelter at the border, the situation is getting worse

Catherine E. Shoichet and Leyla Santiago- CNN

“Meanwhile, human rights groups describe conditions inside this makeshift shelter where migrants are waiting as squalid and unsanitary. And things could get far worse in the coming days, with rain forecast to drench the area. Tijuana's mayor has deemed the situation a crisis and says his city needs more help from federal and international humanitarian officials to handle it”.

Independent Autopsy of Transgender Asylum Seeker Who Died in ICE Custody Shows Signs of Abuse

Sandra E. Garcia- The New York Times

“The finding in the death of the woman, Roxsana Hernandez Rodriguez, 33, who was Honduran and had joined a migrant caravan seeking asylum in the United States, supported ICE’s determination of her cause of death. Still, the conclusion that she was abused raised questions about her treatment during the 16 days she was held. ICE has maintained that she was not abused in its custody”.

US waived FBI checks on staff at growing teen migrant camp

Garance Burke and Martha Mendoza- The Associated Press

By Tuesday, 2,324 mostly Central American boys and girls between the ages of 13 and 17 were sleeping inside the highly guarded facility in rows of bunk beds in canvas tents, some of which once housed first responders to Hurricane Harvey. More than 1,300 teens have arrived since the end of October alone”.

Indonesian city to fine LGBT residents for disturbing 'public order'

The Guardian

Several cities in West Sumatra province, including Pariaman, have taken steps to marginalise LGBT groups, and the provincial government called a special meeting on Thursday to discuss the issue”.