Volume 34
Issue 1
Spring '20

"Shoot Them!" The Trump Administration's Immigration Policy and its Effect on LGBTI Migrants and Asylum Seekers

Written By: Clara Mora

Abstract

On May 25, 2018, Roxsana Hernandez Rodriguez, a transgender Honduran woman seeking asylum in the United States, died in custody of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE).1 Her preliminary au-topsy showed that she may have been physically abused before her death. Her death was likely due to a combination of dehydration and complications from H.I.V.2 She crossed the border at the San Ysidro port of entry between San Diego and Tijuana on May 9th, 2018.3 Fellow detainees stated that Ms. Hernandez experienced symptoms of severe dehydration for many days with no medical evaluation or treatment and was not taken to the hospital until May 17th.4

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