“Every time I talk about my kids,” she says, “my heart cries.” She is “A,” a lesbian asylum seeker from Jamaica who goes by her first initial because her legal representatives at the New York City Anti-Violence Project are worried she could be targeted by Immigrations and Customs Enforcementfor speaking to press. “A” came to the United States from Jamaica in October 2015, fleeing a pervasive culture of homophobia in the Caribbean nation—“They don’t accept us as gay or lesbian in Jamaica,” she notes—and had filed for asylum here by March 2016. “A” now lives with her wife and daughter in a homeless shelter. But her two sons are still in Jamaica, and they can’t join her until she is granted asylum. She has no idea when—or if—that will happen. She has been waiting for an asylum interview for two years.
April 27 / Daily Beast