Nubian has the most amazing post on why HR 4437 is a queer issue
for many folks, seeking asylum is seen as a last resort since it has its consequences. gaining political asylum, does not automatically gaurantee that you will become a u.s. citizen; you are not allowed to travel back to your home country for five years, which means leaving behind relatives and friends for that extended period of time; and because there are little public services that help with the financial aspects of starting a new life here in amerikkka, political asylum is unimaginably hard to receieve--even moreso for people who seek it on the basis of their sexual identity.
in order to prohibit asylum seekers from refuge here in the u.s., our lovely government has propositioned to enact hr 4437 (The Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005) under the guise of fighting terrorism and protecting our country.
hr 4437 is not only anti-immigrant, it is anti-queer and criminalizes homosexuals from other oppressive societies abroad which persecute gays and lesbians.
some of the provisions that will directly affect queer immigrants:
"Unlawful presence" would now be considered a crime and a felony, meaning that undocumented immigrants may have to serve jail time and would be barred from future legal status and from re-entry into the country.
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