By Marie Lodi
On Monday, Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro visited a refugee camp in Matamoros, Mexico, and accompanied a group of LGBTQ and disabled migrants across the Brownsville International Bridge to petition for asylum. Castro was invited to visit the encampment by the Texas Civil Rights Project, a non-profit organization that provides migrants with pro-bono legal help. The group was told they would have their cases reviewed, but hours after, Castro tweeted that […]
Secretary @JulianCastro's historic campaign continues to shine a light on communities that are too often forgotten and ignored.
LGBTQ and disabled asylum seekers won't be forgotten on Castro's campaign or in his administration. https://t.co/3cG5vpj4Ug
— Latino Victory (@latinovictoryus) October 8, 2019
— Reynaldo Leaños Jr. (@ReynaldoLeanos) October 7, 2019
UPDATE: hours after we were told LGBT and disabled asylum seekers would have their cases heard, they have been returned to Mexico.
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) October 7, 2019
Rey said that after he told the asylum officer he felt unsafe, he was told to go live in a Mexican City “where there are more gays.”
— Molly Hennessy-Fiske (@mollyhf) October 8, 2019
All of the LGBTQ people in Matamoros I've spoken to report being threatened and discriminated against.
DHS says it makes case-by-case exceptions for "vulnerable" migrants forced back to Mexico. In practice, that almost never happens. https://t.co/dZUTuB1DRt
— Noah Lanard (@nlanard) October 7, 2019