LGBTs visit US-Mexico border, meet asylum seekers

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05/01/2019

President Donald Trump threw asylum seekers and immigration advocates another wrench April 29, proposing new restrictions targeting the United States’ southwestern border. Late Monday, Trump ordered acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan and Attorney General William P. Barr to propose new asylum regulations and implement them within 90 days. “Immigration issues are LGBTQ issues,” Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur, who went on the fact-finding mission, said in a news release. “It’s heartbreaking to know that our government continues to violate our own laws and values to deny them safety.” That’s why more than 30 LGBT celebrities, athletes, elected officials, activists, and journalists crossed the United States-Mexico border for the one-day trip. Celebrity design team Nate Berkus and his husband, Jeremiah Brent, of TLC’s “Nate and Jeremiah by Design,” and gay retired NBA star Jason Collins were among those who participated in the April 16 visit. Gay politicians also took part, including California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara (D), state Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), Assemblyman Todd Gloria (D-San Diego), Sacramento City Councilman Steve Hansen, and Los Angeles Board of Public Works President Kevin James.

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