AsylumConnect Condemns the Trump Administration’s Support of the RAISE Act

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For Immediate Release: August 8, 2017 

AsylumConnect Condemns the Trump Administration’s Support of the RAISE Act

AsylumConnect, a fiscally sponsored nonprofit serving LGBTQ asylum seekers in the U.S., strongly condemns the Trump Administration’s Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act.

The RAISE Act represents an overt attempt to curb legal immigration into the United States by shifting the United States’ immigration policy to prioritize English-speaking individuals with job offers or a high level of education. President Trump has argued that “The RAISE Act ends chain migration, and replaces our low-skilled system with a new points-based system for receiving a Green Card.” (Source)

The bill, however, in its failure to acknowledge LGBTQ asylum seekers, puts individuals at risk who seek asylum in the United States because of fear of persecution in their home country based on their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. The RAISE Act plans to drastically cut the number of refugees welcomed into the United States per year to 50,000 -- a threat to LGBTQ asylum seekers around the world. (Source)

AsylumConnect condemns this blatant omission and oversight by the Trump administration, and calls on both the House of Representatives and the Senate to rewrite a bill that includes space for LGBTQ asylum seekers and refugees in the United States.

The President’s support of this bill is yet another attempt by the Trump Administration to ignore and insult the thousands of LGBTQ asylum seekers wanting a better life in the United States. 

AsylumConnect calls on the President to answer this question: Will the United States be better off if the thousands of LGBTQ immigrants and asylum seekers, who immigrate to the United States every year in the hopes of a better life are denied entry into our country?

We will continue to challenge the President’s assertion that the United States would truly be safer and “more prosperous” if Oliver Anene, a LGBTQ refugee from Nigeria, had been denied refugee status despite death threats and fear for his life. We call on the Trump Administration to not turn away the thousands of LGBTQ immigrants and asylum seekers who arrive in the United States annually because they fear for their physical and emotional safety in their home countries.

AsylumConnect calls on the President to immediately reverse his stance on the RAISE Act.

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