AsylumConnect Week in Review- 04/22/2019

As AsylumConnect prepares to expand into Canada, we’re bringing keeping you up-to-date with the latest LGBTQ asylum seeking news from Canada, the U.S.A. and Mexico. This week, the Canadian government introduced a new law designed to stop “asylum shopping”. In the U.S.A., the “remain in Mexico” policy was upheld by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Read on to learn more about issues effecting the LGBTQ and asylum seeking community.

Trudeau takes 'sharp turn' away from 'refugees welcome'

BBC

“Canada has made a name for itself around the world as a safe haven for refugees. But recent changes to its laws may make the country seem far less friendly, refugee advocates and legal critics warn.”

Transgender teenager from Brunei seeks asylum in Canada

Evan Duggan-Reuters

“Zoella Zayce displays no photos of her family in her basement apartment in Vancouver, thousands of miles from where she left them in Brunei. The 19-year-old refugee claimant is a transgender woman, something she never told the family she describes as conservative.”

Trump asylum policy gets temporary reprieve from Court of Appeals

Tom Hals- Reuters

“The U.S. government can continue at least temporarily to send asylum seekers back to Mexico after President Donald Trump scored a rare ruling in his favor on Friday from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.”

Trump advisers discussed whether military could build and run migrant detention camps

Courtney Kube & Julia Ainsley- NBC News

“ When some of President Donald Trump's top national security advisers gathered at the White House Tuesday night to talk about the surge of immigrants across the southern border, they discussed increasing the U.S. military's involvement in the border mission, including whether the military could be used to build tent city detention camps for migrants, according to three U.S. officials familiar with the conversations.”

ICE Holds Trans Honduran Granted Asylum Six Months Ago

Matt Tracey- Gay City News

“The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Mexico and the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) are taking legal action against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for continuing to detain a transgender woman from Honduras six months after she successfully won asylum in the United States.”