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Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Is the USA closing the door to LGBT Mexican asylum seekers?

Source: Beach-Oswald Immigration Law Associates

For over a decade, the United States has been granting asylum to homosexuals Mexico. This is due to the fact that homosexuality was not tolerated by Mexico's strongly Catholic and macho culture.In fact, according to a gay rights group in Mexico, between 1995 and 2006, an estimated 1,200 Mexicans were killed as a result of the discrimination against homosexuals.

In modern-day Mexico, however, the situation is changing. National laws are becoming more liberal and accepting of homosexuality, and pride parades and other events are beginning to emerge. For these reasons, attorneys are claiming that it is now much more difficult to win these asylum cases. This is very unfortunate, as it takes decades to erase discriminatory attitudes completely, and many people are still very intolerant of homosexuals in Mexico.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) claims that there has not been any change in policy for homosexual asylum applicants. DHS does not keep record of which asylum cases are in the homosexual category (or any other category), so there is no way of knowing whether asylum officers and immigration judges have become more skeptical of homosexual asylum cases. However, immigration attorneys insist that it is now much more difficult to win asylum cases than it was several years ago. In fact, just recently US circuit courts rejected the asylum claims of two homosexual men from Mexico, and a policy has been set in place that requires all asylum requests from Mexico to go through a separate review process once they are filed with DHS.

With the current situation, it is important to have a very experienced attorney to increase your chances of winning a homosexual asylum claim from Mexico.
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