Persecuted Gay Immigrant Allowed to Stay in US

Thursday Jul 25, 2013
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deral judges have permitted a gay Filipino immigrant to stay in the U.S. despite deportation orders because he has suffered persecution for his sexual orientation in his native land.

In a decision issued Wednesday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco says 37-year-old Dennis Vitug was harassed and threatened by police in his native Philippines for being a homosexual.

He moved to the U.S. in 1999 and overstayed a tourist visa while working in the Los Angeles area and studying fashion design.

Vitug became addicted to methamphetamine and was convicted of possession several times.

An immigration appeals panel had ordered him removed from the country over the drug convictions.

The court said Wednesday that Vitug was persecuted in the Philippines and ordered officials to withhold his removal.

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  • Oh Jed said:, 2013-07-25 11:04:31

    How do they choose the people to help and the people to hassle? There are plenty of people more deserving of help and families being left behind because of deportation. Send the meth addict back and concentrate on helping a hard working individual who deserves to stay here.

  • Anonymous, 2013-07-26 01:23:05

    Perhaps if you were suffering from the treatment he has received, you would be more tolerant. He seems exactly who we should be supporting!

  • Oh Jed said:, 2013-07-26 09:49:40

    Well, Nony, I was bullied, beat-up, and taunted as a kid. Called a faggot, pansy, butt pirate, cock sucker and more. Had my property vandalized and taken. True, my government never chimed in and I never had bamboo shoots shoved up my fingern

  • Oh Jed said:, 2013-07-26 09:53:24

    fingernails, but you should STFU...unless YOU’VE been deported or live in fear every day of someone you love being swept away by INS.

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