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(New York, NY – July 15, 2020) The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) today joined Casa Anandrea, Colectivo Transgrediendo, GMHC, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, and Translatinx Network in submitting comments to oppose a proposed federal rule that would erode the current U.S. asylum system, effectively preventing transgender refugees from seeking asylum in the United States. The proposed rule, entitled, “Procedures for Asylum and Withholding of Removal; Credible Fear and Reasonable Fear Review,” was introduced by the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice and seeks to unlawfully create a complex yet narrow path to asylum that would be virtually unattainable for transgender refugees.

“The proposed rule is part of an aggressive effort to close our nation’s doors at a time when transgender people worldwide are fleeing increased violence and persecution in their countries of origin,” said Andy Marra, Executive Director of the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund. “The lived experiences of transgender refugees documented in our comments should inform our nation’s immigration policies instead of resorting to xenophobia, racism, and transphobia.”