Statement of Janson Wu, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders Executive Director:

President Trump’s announcement that he will restrict asylum applications from individuals crossing the U.S.-Mexico border is unacceptable and flies in the face of settled international and national laws.

Asylum is a life-saving system that is designed precisely to protect the extremely vulnerable. This heartless policy stands in direct opposition to our core American ideals of liberty and human rights. Cutting off the right to seek asylum puts at severe risk individuals, including LGBTQ individuals, who face substantial threats in their home countries.

By turning away those forced to flee places where they are fundamentally unsafe because of who they are, or their political beliefs, this administration is putting their lives at risk.