LGBT Immigrants Fear Deportation

LGBT Immigrants Fear Deportation

As the federal government continues to debate what to do with participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which the Trump administration has ended, gay and lesbian DACA recipients have spoken out about their unique predicament. For them, the situation is even more dire than for some other DACA recipients; in other countries, and particularly in Latin America, gay, lesbian, and transgender people are often the targets of violence, hostility, and discrimination. These facts place DACA participants in a potentially dangerous and vulnerable situation. Add this to the facts that many DACA participants do not even remember their native countries, which they left as children, and that they may not be fluent in their native languages, and these immigrants are facing a disastrous situation. There are about 36,000 gay, lesbian, and transgender young adults in the DACA program, of the roughly 800,000 participants. All of these participants were brought to the U.S. as children by parents or relatives, or as unaccompanied minors, and many know no other home than the United States. About a quarter of DACA recipients live in California. DACA provided these individuals with protections from deportation by giving them temporary authority to live and work in the U.S. Although granted a six-month reprieve by the Trump administration, the deadline for the end of the program is drawing near. If Congress fails to act by the time DACA recipients’ statuses begin phasing out on March 5, 2018, DACA recipients increasingly will be at risk for deportation. While there is a bill pending that provides a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients, there still is no consensus in Congress in the issue. This dissension and uncertainty has created an atmosphere of fear and frustration for DACA recipients, as the days before the deadline continue to trickle away. We are the deportation defense lawyers to whom you can turn if you or a loved one are facing deportation proceedings, no matter what the reason may be. Regardless of the complexity or difficulty of the situation, Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. has the experience, knowledge, and skills to advocate on behalf of you and your family throughout the course of any deportation proceedings. Contact our office today and let us answer all of your questions about asylum proceedings, or any other aspect of deportation proceedings.
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