On Jan 30, 2016 NBC published: President Donald Trump’s immigration-related executive orders will undoubtedly have sweeping consequences across many populations, but they will also have a number of unique — and potentially deadly — implications for the LGBTQ community.
On Wednesday, he signed two executive orders (EOs) aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration, and then on Friday, he signed one restricting immigration from seven countries — Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen — and temporarily halting the entry of refugees.
Jessica Stern, executive director of OutRight Action International, an LGBTQ human rights organization, told NBC Out Trump’s seven-country measure “could amount to a death sentence to LGBTQ people who have few means of escape.”
“Thanks to President Trump’s executive order, LGBTQ people will remain in unsafe environments, they will languish in refugee camps, they will endure violence and some will die.”
“By turning his back on people from these countries, Trump just joined those who believe it’s OK to imprison and kill people for being gay or trans,” Stern told NBC Out.
“Sudan, Iran and Yemen officially punish homosexuality with death, and Iraq, a country that has seen killing sprees of people perceived as gay or transgender, has never held a single perpetrator responsible,” she explained. “The governments of Libya, Syria and Somalia punish homosexuality with prison — even up to 10 years.”
Stern added that her organization has documented more than 39 people killed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria for alleged homosexuality.
“Thanks to President Trump’s executive order, LGBTQ people will remain in unsafe environments, they will languish in refugee camps, they will endure violence and some will die,” she said.