AsylumConnect Week in Review 02/25/2019

In the last week of February, we take a look at the realities asylum seekers face after applying for asylum in the U.S. After arriving in the U.S. some asylum seekers find themselves separated from family, suffering from inhumane conditions in detention centers or deported to dangerous countries. Read more to learn about issues facing the LGBTQ community and asylum seekers in the U.S.

A Transgender Woman Who Sought Asylum In The US Was Deported And Killed In El Salvador

Adolfo Flores- Buzzfeed News

“A transgender woman who sought asylum in the US and was deported by immigration authorities to El Salvador was killed earlier this month, advocates say, highlighting the violent conditions LGBT migrants have fled in Central America to seek protection in the US.”

Migrant Youth Go From A Children's Shelter To Adult Detention On Their 18th Birthday

John Burnett- NPR

“When migrant children cross the border without their parents, they're sent to federal shelters until caseworkers can find them a good home. But everything changes when they turn 18. That's when, in many cases, they're handcuffed and locked up in an adult detention facility. The practice is sparking lawsuits and outrage from immigrant advocates.”

Another Sick Migrant Dies in Border Patrol Custody in Texas

Caitlin Dickerson- The New York Times

“A 45-year-old Mexican migrant died on Monday in the custody of United States Customs and Border Protection, an event that was sure to intensify pressure on an agency overwhelmed by record numbers of migrant families crossing the border, while its health and safety standards have come under harsh public scrutiny.”

Immigrants At A Detention Center Were Fed Slimy Meat And Lived In "Inhumane" Conditions. Now There's A Special Hearing

Brianna Sacks- Buzzfeed News

“Officials in New Jersey are holding a hearing regarding squalid and unsanitary conditions at a large detention center for immigrants that were cataloged in a scathing inspection report last week.”

The US Government Is Claiming This Separated Immigrant Family Wasn't Separated

Amber Jamieson- Buzzfeed News

“A Guatemalan family split apart by the Trump administration's family separations policy is desperately hoping the US legal system will give them a second chance — but the government argues they don't qualify for one.”