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Why it's easier for LGBT immigrants to gain asylum in US

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Honduran transgender immigrant Daniela, 20, spends spends time at the Hermanos en el Camino immigrant shelter on August 5, 2013 in Ixtepec, Mexico. She has been staying at the shelter for more than a month while Mexican immigration authorities process documents to allow her to travel to the U.S. border via bus, a much safer alternative than riding the freight trains north, where women and transgender immigrants like Daniela are especially at risk of rape. John Moore/Getty Images

Once barred from emigrating into the U.S., lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender foreigners have found it easier to seek asylum in this country. 

Many LGBT immigrants are trying to escape violence and persecution at home with large numbers coming from Central and South America, where tolerance of alternative sexual orientations and gender identities are slow to arrive.

Wall Street Journal reporter Joel Millman joins the show with more.

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