Sen. Elizabeth Warren is challenging President Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy and demanding that illegal immigrants and transgender people crossing the border be released into the United States.
The Massachusetts Democrat and 2020 presidential candidate took the stand, along with Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin, the first LGBTQ person elected to the Senate in 2012, in a letter addressed to the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The letter, sent last week, demanded they “immediately reverse policies” adversely affecting transgender migrants who seek refuge in the U.S. while taking “swift action to protect [their] health and safety.”
“While in detention, transgender migrants and asylum seekers are particularly vulnerable to sexual harassment, discrimination, and abuse,” the letter to Acting ICE Director Matthew Albence and Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan stated.
Transgender migrants & asylum seekers have faced appalling abuse & neglect. @SenatorBaldwin & I are calling on the Trump administration to reverse policies that are harming these vulnerable populations. https://t.co/MEcrGdhjHW
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) October 18, 2019
“The United States should protect individuals fleeing persecution and targeted violence, including persecution based on gender identity or expression — not subject them to further harm,” the lawmakers wrote.
They criticized the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico policy,” which requires those seeking refuge in the U.S. to wait in Mexico as their asylum requests are being processed.
“There has been ample documentation of the violence and harassment of transgender individuals in Mexico, often at the hands of state actors,” Warren and Baldwin wrote, contending that the U.S. policy increases “the risks faced by transgender asylum seekers by placing their health and safety at risk while they wait — potentially for years — for their asylum claims to be processed.”
“We call on DHS to end policies and practices that harm transgender migrants … to address the atrocious and dangerous conditions that these vulnerable individuals face at the border and in U.S. immigration detention, and to reinstate and expand successful community-based alternatives to detention,” the senators wrote. “We also call for DHS to use its discretion to release members of vulnerable populations, including transgender detainees.”
Warren has been pushing her open borders proposals on the campaign trail, recently vowing to amend the National Labor Relations Act and give “millions of undocumented workers” the right to restitution from unfair employer practices while also promising back-pay for previous work.
During a town hall with the United Food and Commercial Workers union in Madison Heights, Michigan, last month, Warren suggested that amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants living in the U.S. would be “good for” American workers.
Warren, who is somehow becoming even more of a controversial public figure as her campaign rolls on, promised in her recently released LGBTQ agenda that, if elected in 2020, she would “affirm protections for gender identity and sexual orientation-based asylum claims and ensure that LGBTQ+ asylum seekers are not unnecessarily detained.”
“I’ve also committed to raising the refugee cap, welcoming 125,000 refugees in my first year and at least 175,000 refugees per year by the end of my first term. And I will significantly reduce immigration detention, where undocumented LGBTQ+ people – and particularly trans women of color – are highly vulnerable,” she wrote.
Warren and Baldwin also requested a meeting with ICE and DHS “to update our offices on your efforts to address the harm to transgender migrants.”
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