Author Archives: Uchechukwu Onwa

LGBTQ+ immigrants must be released from detention

The violence of the detention system falls hardest on people already facing persecution and bias because of their sexuality or gender identity.

Imagine: You are an entrepreneur with a passion for cooking who dreams of one day opening your own food truck. You have lived in the United States for 20 years. One day, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents knock on your door. They say you will be deported to a country you haven’t seen in two decades. You know that if you are sent there, you may be threatened, arrested, jailed, beaten, or killed—with the assent of the country’s police and courts—just because of your sexual identity. Continue reading