Dozens of House Members Demand Better Treatment of Transgender Asylum Seekers in ICE Custody

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Members of the LGBT community take part in a protest to demand justice after a transgender Honduran woman, who was part of the caravan of Central American migrants that arrived at the U.S. border earlier this month, died in detention on Friday, in Tijuana, Mexico June 6, 2018. (REUTERS/Jorge Duenes)

More than 30 lawmakers from Congress sent a letter to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement on August 1, expressing concerns over the way the agency treats transgender detainees.

The letter, which was spearheaded by New Jersey Congressman Frank Pallone Jr., demands that ICE take claims for asylum from transgender migrants more seriously. The letter was sent to acting ICE director Matthew Albence. 

“Transgender migrants face persecution and violence in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. We ask that you honor the longstanding reputation of the United States as a safe refuge for individuals who face this deplorable treatment,” the lawmakers…

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