Denver court won’t block extradition of gay illegal immigrant

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Two men converse at a gay pride parade in Mexico City. (CNN)

Two men converse at a gay pride parade in Mexico City. (CNN)

Two men converse at a gay pride parade in Mexico City. (CNN)

Two men converse at a gay pride parade in Mexico City. (CNN)

DENVER — A man seeking asylum in the United States after saying Mexican authorities persecute gay people will not receive it from a Denver court, who refused to block his extradition Wednesday.

Citing “evidence that Mexico supports gay rights,” including Mexico City’s legalization of gay marriage, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Efren Neri-Garcia should face deportation.

Neri-Garcia claimed he was mistreated and attacked by authorities because he was gay while he was an inmate at a Guadalajara jail in the 1990s. Both Neri-Garcia and a witness told the Colorado court many in Guadalajara are subjected to similar discrimination based on their sexuality.

In addition to the aforementioned evidence, the court also cited a U.S. Homeland Security reporting that stated there have been fundamental changes in the way gays are treated in Mexico since the 90s.

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