The couple at the centre of a deportation struggle has refuted recent claims made by the Immigration Department in a statement regarding their visa rejection. Pakistani-born Ali Choudhry made headlines over his then-impending deportation to his birthplace on January 8 following a partnership visa rejection despite having an Australian partner of almost four years. >>>
There are repeated reports of sexual abuse in the immigration detention system. According to government documents, nearly 200 allegations of abuse from detainees in detention facilities across the nation have been reported to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) since 2007. Many of these incidents have involved LGBT immigrants. >>>
In his 'international LGBT rights Tuesday' policy announcement President Obama pledged support for LGBT refugees and asylum seekers. In a memorandum , he directed agencies, including Homeland Security, to "protect vulnerable LGBT refugees and asylum seekers". >>>
The Algerian secret service gave transsexual Randa Lamri an ultimatum:
Leave the country within 10 days or risk imprisonment and the defamation of her family. Lamri, like many persecuted gays, lesbians and transexuals in the region, looked to Beirut for refuge. But persecuted Syrians, Iraqis and Algerians find it isn't what they imagined.
Anton Tanumihardja, the 45-year-old gay Indonesian native who U.S. immigration officials were going to deport on Valentine’s Day, has been granted an 11th hour reprieve while his appeal to have his stay extended is heard.
The Obama administration's sudden shift in immigration policy had a tangible impact in a Denver courtroom Friday when a federal immigration judge delayed a deportation hearing for a lesbian fighting to stay in the country with her wife.
Over the past several months, many cases involving same-sex bi-national couples have hit the news. Almost all of these cases, where a U.S. citizen is seeking to sponsor a foreign partner for immigration purposes, have involved couples in which one partner faced deportation. What's more, almost all have ended with a delay or cancellation of the pending removal order. >>>
Australia plans to send up to 800 asylum seekers to Malaysia in return for accepting 4,000 registered refugees from that country over four years under a deal supposedly designed to stop 'boat people' from landing in Australia.
New efforts emerged this week to address the inequity in U.S. immigration law preventing bi-national same-sex couples from staying together in the United States, although hurdles remain for each of the initiatives. >>>