AsylumConnect Week in Review-05/06/2019

This week brings mixed news for asylum seekers and the LGBTQ community. While President Trump proposed new restrictions on asylum seekers 10 transgender women won their asylum case in Texas. If you’d like to know the latest news affecting asylum seekers and LGBTQ rights keep reading.

Unaccompanied Migrant Boy, 16, Dies in Federal Custody in Texas

Colleen Long-Time

“A 16-year-old unaccompanied migrant boy from Guatemala fell ill after he was transferred to a government shelter in Texas and later died, officials said Wednesday.”

Donald Trump wants asylum seekers to pay application fee

BBC

“US President Donald Trump wants asylum seekers to pay a fee to have their applications processed in the latest move in his crackdown on migration.

The direction was given in a presidential memorandum on Monday, which called for a slew of new rules.”

 

Asylum Seekers Face New Restraints Under Latest Trump Orders

Zolan Kanno-Youngs & Caitlin Dickerson- The New York Times

“President Trump on Monday ordered new restrictions on asylum seekers at the Mexican border — including application fees and work permit restraints — and directed that cases in the already clogged immigration courts be settled within 180 days.”

Trump administration denies special help to Venezuelans seeking asylum

Amanda Holpuch- The Guardian

“As Venezuela slumps further into crisis, White House officials from Donald Trump down have made repeated expressions of support for the country’s people.

But such comments stand in stark contrast to the meager help the US government is giving Venezuelans seeking refuge in the US.”

10 transgender women seeking asylum just won their immigration cases after months of violence and discrimination

Kate Smith- CBS News

“Ten transgender women who traveled with the caravan that President Trump targeted during the midterm elections have won their asylum cases and been released from a detention center in Texas.”