How Police Entanglement with Immigration Enforcement puts LGBTQ Lives at Risk
"During his first week in office, President Donald Trump issued two
executive orders that greatly expanded on whom the government focuses
deportation resources and that also took steps to increase the role of
local law enforcement in immigration enforcement.
These orders essentially enact a policy of mass deportation that
affects the entire immigrant population but poses a unique threat to
lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer, or LGBTQ, immigrants. In
general, LGBTQ people have high levels of contact with law enforcement
and the criminal justice system. LGBTQ immigrants in particular already
face increased rates of policing in the United States in addition to the
threat of violence in their home countries if they are deported.
President Trump’s orders increase the prospect of entanglement between
law enforcement and immigration enforcement and therefore increase LGBTQ
immigrants’ vulnerability to violence both in the United States—as a
result of overpolicing and fear of reporting intimate partner and hate
violence—and abroad through deportation."