Gay Undocumented Immigrant Denied Asylum

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Efren Neri-Garcia’s plea for protection today. Neri-Garcia, a gay man from Mexico living undocumented in the United States, claimed that homophobia is rampant in his home country, and would endanger his livelihood if he was deported. While a witness testified to this, and Neri-Garcia was attacked for his sexual orientation in Guadalajara in the 1990’s, the Federal appeals court ruled that such fears are unfounded. Roberta Skylar, a spokeswoman for the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, disagreed, saying, “Marriage equality in one city doesn’t mean there is equality for everyone throughout the country and hate violence and discrimination still happen.” Efren Neri-Garcia now faces deportation.

Nate Niemann