ICE ALLEGEDLY DETAINING LGBT ASYLUM SEEKER IN DEFIANCE OF COURT RULING

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10/31/2019

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have allegedly been detaining an LGBT asylum seeker in defiance of a federal judge’s ruling. Darwin Garcia Portillo and his partner Oscar Juarez Hernandez came to the United States from Honduras in March, accompanied by Garcia Portillo’s younger brother. The couple say their lives were threatened repeatedly in Honduras, and they sought asylum in the U.S. to escape persecution. The group was detained after they asked for asylum while legally crossing the border near San Diego, California. Garcia Portillo was refused parole while a decision on his asylum is being made. Instead, he was detained at a facility in Louisiana while ICE refused to consider his release after deeming him a “flight risk.”

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