A proposed deal in Congress could make asylum harder for LGBTQ migrants to obtain

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02/07/2024

As federal lawmakers consider tougher restrictions for asylum-seekers, we hear from two migrants fleeing homophobic violence. MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: Later today, the Senate is set to vote on that border security and foreign aid package we’ve been telling you about. Although it was negotiated with members of both parties, Republicans are now walking away from it, arguing it does not go far enough. The proposal would make it tougher to seek asylum in the U.S. Immigration advocates argue the plan, if adopted as is, will hurt asylum-seekers who are fleeing danger, including LGBT migrants. NPR’s Jasmine Garsd has the story of two such migrants escaping homophobic violence. And here’s where I need to tell you that this story does contain accounts of sexual violence.

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