Donald Trump has gained momentum within his campaign by threatening to deport millions of illegal Mexican immigrants, in addition to building a wall on the American border that would cost billions. While this has received a great deal of attention, there are different types of illegal immigrants with a different story, with political asylum issues at the core of their message.
Many immigrants from Bangladesh arrived in America to escape persecution. They are a part of the Bangladesh National Party, which is the second largest in the country. The ruling Awami League party is known to use violent retaliation against members of the BNP, which has caused many to flee for their safety.
Approximately 1,000 of these immigrants were seeking asylum status, and went on hunger strike at the end of last year to bring attention to their cause. In an effort to bring more attention, seven of them gathered outside Hillary Clinton’s campaign office to ask for asylum, and bringing visibility to the dangers that they will encounter if deported back to their homeland. One of these individuals, Saiful Islam, said “We have seen the Central American refugees, including women and children, be deported back and killed. The same thing will happen to us if these deportations are not stopped.”
Given that this population of immigrants is relatively small within the country, it’s unlikely to receive much attention on the campaign trail. However, hopefully bringing the issue to Clinton’s campaign (quite literally) will help increase some visibility, and grant these immigrants the safety they need through the proper channels.