AsylumConnect Calls on President-Elect Biden to Restore the U.S. Asylum System
AsylumConnect Calls on President-Elect Biden to Prioritize Restoring the U.S. Asylum System During the First 100 Days in Office
The Trump administration has finalized a regulation that would devastate the U.S. asylum system and put thousands of lives at risk. The rule is expected to take effect in mid-January, just days before President-elect Biden takes office.
At AsylumConnect, we witness the lifesaving protections that U.S. asylum affords persecuted LGBTQ+ people every day. The U.S. should be welcoming people fleeing persecution in their home countries not proposing regulation to make it even more difficult to claim asylum.
The ramifications on LGBTQ+ lives of allowing the Trump administration to implement this new rule cannot be overstated. Members of this community fleeing persecution have less resettlement options than their non-LGBTQ+ counterparts. Not only must a queer asylum seeker’s destination country be welcoming to asylum seekers, but it also must be LGBTQ+ friendly to truly be safe. Even with an administration that hasn’t stood up for this population, America overall still fits this criteria for persecuted LGBTQ+ people seeking basic refuge. If we take U.S. asylum off the table for queer and trans people, we are shattering the hope of ever living authentically for the millions who are currently trapped in homophobic and transphobic environments where they cannot live freely.
Learn more about why this regulation attempting to dismantle U.S. asylum is so dangerous for LGBTQ+ people: