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Gay man may seek asylum from U.S. based on sexual orientation

There are many reasons why a resident of another country might want to come to the United States to live. Some seek better jobs or to be with family members who already reside here. Others do so because they fear for their safety. This is that case for a 27-year-old gay man from Honduras.

For the last 20 years sexual orientation has been a basis for individuals from other countries to seek asylum from the U.S. As Honduras has a history of violence against homosexuals, illustrated by the torture and death of approximately 80 lesbian, gay and transgendered people, at the hands o f law enforcement officers in the course of a four year period, it is not surprising that the man would seek refuge in the U.S.

The man lived in Florida as a refugee for several years. As is required for individuals who have sought asylum in the U.S., the man wore an ankle bracelet. Several months ago however, he was returned to Honduras after going to a Miami Immigration Court to receive a new battery for his ankle bracelet. It is unclear what prompted the deportation.

The man is apparently trying to return to the Miami area where his boyfriend still lives. Though if he makes it, he almost certainly will be taken into custody, the man’s immigration attorney believes he has a good chance of making a case for him to be able to stay. For this to happen the lawyer will need to prove that the man faces a more than 50 percent chance of being harmed should he once again be forced to return there.

The future of the man in this case is not clear. As is the case with most immigration matters however, for the best result it is a good idea to work with a lawyer who handles such matters.

Source: New Times BPB, “Gay Honduran Immigrant Fights to Stay in Florida to Escape Torture, Abuse, Lawyer Says,” Allie Conti, June 2, 2014

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