I provided free legal services to LGBTQ+ refugees who were applying for asylum in the United States. Shockingly, LGBTQ+ persons around the world suffer cruelties that are exponential compared to other asylum applicants. I represented LGBTQ+ refugees who were victims of beatings, stabbings, burnings, lynches, rapes, attempted murder, and unending human cruelties. While I was able to secure asylum for almost all of the LGBTQ+ refugees I represented, many others are still waiting to enter our country and be safe.
During the past few years, we have seen indefinite delays in the processing of LGBTQ+ asylum applications. According to information provided by ICE, LGBTQ+ immigrants are detained twice as long as other immigrants and also face lengthy stays in solitary confinement.
We have to be compassionate and open our doors to those who need us. We have to reform our immigration system to accommodate and admit LGBTQ+ refugees. We have to treat our own LGBTQ+ citizens with the respect they deserve. We will fight to pass bills that prohibit discrimination against our LGBTQ+ citizens. We will advance policies to ensure LGBTQ+ students can attend school without fear of bullying.