Why U.S. is granting asylum to fewer Latin-American gays

08/14/2008 | Washington Post, The

A more liberal attitude toward gays and lesbians in Mexico and some Latin American nations reportedly has led to an unofficial change in U.S. immigration policy that makes it harder to be granted asylum based on sexual orientation. "For a time, it seemed like it was a slam-dunk if you were gay, from Mexico and filed for asylum in the United States," said Arthur S. Leonard, a professor at New York Law School. "But there's been a turning point. The gay-rights movement has started to make progress in Mexico, and it's a little harder to show" that asylum is justified.

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