I was told that the 9th Circuit Court ruled that homosexual Mexicans are entitled to refugee status in the United States. Is this true? Does anyone know where I can find a news story about it?
Wow, that was fast. Thanks to ahab for this story.
Gay Mexican granted asylum after long battle
Los Angeles Times
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
A U.S. immigration judge granted a Mexican immigrant asylum, citing his sexual orientation and the severe persecution of gays in Mexico, the man’s lawyer said Tuesday.
Jorge Soto Vega, 38, said he had suffered harassment and violence from family members and authorities in Mexico because he is gay.
According to court documents, while living in Guadalajara, Soto Vega was beaten by police and then robbed, called anti-gay slurs, and told that he would be killed if he was ever seen again.
In 1988, Soto Vega paid a smuggler to sneak him into the United States, and he settled in the Hollywood and Silver Lake areas of Los Angeles. In 2001, Soto Vega returned from a brief visit to Mexico after his mother’s death, during which he said he was afraid to go outside. He filed an application for asylum the next year.