The last four years saw a continuous attack on and demonizing of immigrants. The previous administration focused on preventing immigrants from entering the United States and made it increasingly difficult for immigrants to find safe haven in the US. Starting from the discriminatory travel ban that targeted Muslim-majority countries to the attempts to completely disassemble asylum protections, the previous administration implemented policies and regulations that were a frontal attack on the principles of immigration. LGBTQ immigrants were particularly impacted. This workshop will discuss the changes that need to be made to ensure a more just and equitable immigration system. In particular, we will discuss which Trump-era policies need to be revoked, what policies and legislation should be in place, and what the Biden administration has done to date to address the problems in our immigration system. We will focus in particular on areas of immigration law that impact LGBTQ and PLHIV asylum seekers and binational couples.
Speakers: Omar Gonzalez-Pagan (Lambda Legal); Geoffrey Louden (AsylumWorks); Amitesh Parikh (Immigration Equality); Ming Wong (National Center for Lesbian Rights); Keren Zwick (National Immigrant Justice Center)