Immigrants Arguing Sexual Orientation To Stay In U.S.

A growing number of asylum seekers are using U.S. immigration courts to argue that their sexual orientation makes it too dangerous for them to return home.

Victoria Neilson, an attorney for the New York-based Immigration Equality, said the nonprofit group successfully won 55 asylum cases last year using sexual orientation as grounds, a record for the organization. That's a jump from 2007 when the group won 30 cases.

The exact number nationally is unknown since U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services doesn't keep data on those asylum cases.

Nathaniel Cunningham, a 32-year-old gay Jamaican man now living in Worcester, recently won his case after describing the violence he faced in Jamaica.

Since 1994, sexual orientation has been grounds for asylum in the U.S.


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  • by Anonymous Location: Texas on Nov 6, 2009 at 12:09 PM
    My only concern is if all of the people that claim that they can't go back because of their sexual orientation are saying it because it's true rather than just having a way to stay in the US.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 28, 2009 at 04:17 PM
    To Rich - You got that right!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 28, 2009 at 04:14 PM
    To George W - Your full of it!
  • by sick of it Location: eastern NC on Oct 28, 2009 at 10:00 AM
    So sad too bad.
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Oct 28, 2009 at 04:53 AM
    I don't agree with it or like it but at least they are doing it legally. But then again it is to far to swim and they don't speak spanish.
  • by George W on Oct 27, 2009 at 04:42 PM
    Bush never would have allowed this. Well only if they were a member of the Bin Laden family. Then he'd go into business with them.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 27, 2009 at 04:23 PM
    Thats funny, I thought we allowed them to break our laws then fed, housed, educated and clothed them while the women have babies for free in this country so they can stay here. Arguing. Obviously their other immigrant friends have not informed them how to work the system!!! Probably laughing at the their loco gringos now!
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Oct 27, 2009 at 04:09 PM
    There is no way the citizens of the USA have any control, even through elections we will be lied to. No matter who we elect we get the same old crap.
  • by Rich Location: Greenville on Oct 27, 2009 at 01:26 PM
    I'm surprised we still even have an immigration court. Let everyone in! Even the drug dealers and terrorists! Maybe if he said he was an Islamic militant who was offended by Chrstmas they'd let him stay for sure.
  • by P on Oct 27, 2009 at 01:25 PM
    Change your sex again and go back
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