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LGBT Comprehensive Immigration Reform Sign on Letter - White House

LGBT Comprehensive Immigration Reform Sign on Letter - White House

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Undersigned organizations urge President Obama to stand firm on the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) families - and the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA) - in any comprehensive immigration reform legislation.
Undersigned organizations urge President Obama to stand firm on the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) families - and the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA) - in any comprehensive immigration reform legislation.

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 April 4, 2013President Barack Obama The White House1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington D.C. 20500Dear President Obama: The undersigned organizations urge you to stand firm on the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, andtransgender (LGBT) families - and the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA) - in any comprehensive immigration reform legislation. We are counting on you to ensure that these families are included in any final comprehensiveimmigration reform legislation. The situation faced by thousands of LGBT binational couples andtheir families is untenable. Without the ability to sponsor their partners and spouses for immigration,many LGBT Americans and their families face the terrible choice of separating, or leaving thecountry to live in exile. We stand ready to work with Congress and the White House to mobilize our grassroots networks insupport of comprehensive immigration legislation that provides a timely, clear and humane pathway to citizenship for undocumented people; prioritizes family unity by preserving existing family categories, increasing visas for family categories, reducing wait times for separated families, andending the discrimination in immigration law that LGBT binational families face; ensures humaneenforcement of immigration laws, including due process rights and reforms to immigrationdetention; guarantees full workplace rights, including wage protections, mobility and the right toorganize; and lifts the one-year filing deadline for asylum. The opportunity to pass inclusive and humane comprehensive immigration reform is a critical, once-in-a-generation opportunity. LGBT families cannot continue to be locked out of the system,suffering separation and exile. LGBT families, and our undocumented loved ones, must be includedin comprehensive immigration reform now.Sincerely, Advocates for Youth Affirmation: Gay & Lesbian Mormons African American Ministers In Action
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Equal Justice Task Force Alliance of Baptists American Civil Liberties Union API Equality - Northern California Asian American Justice Center, member of Asian American Center for Advancing Justice
 
 Asian Pacific American Legal Center, a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing  Justice Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council (A3PCON) Auburn Theological Seminary Believe Out LoudBend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for JusticeBethel Christian Church, DCCalifornia Association for Bilingual Education (CABE)Canal AllianceCenterLink: The Community of LGBT CentersChildren's AllianceChinese for Affirmative ActionChurch World ServiceCouncil for Global Equality  The Covenant Network of PresbyteriansDignityUSADREAM Team Los Angeles (DTLA)El Centro de la RazaEntre Hermanos, Seattle, WA The Episcopal ChurchEqual Rights WashingtonEquality IllinoisEqually BlessedFamily Equality Council The Fellowship of Affirming MinistriesForum For Equality LouisianaFreedom to Marry Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network GetEQUALGLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders)GLAD Alliance, Inc.Global Justice InstituteHIV Prevention Justice Alliance (HIV PJA)Human Rights CampaignHuman Rights WatchImmigration Equality Action FundInstitute for Socio Economic Justice, Inc., Brawley, CAIntegrity USAKeshetLatino GLBT History Project
Lawyers’ Committee for
Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay AreaLeague of United Latin American Citizens The LOFT: LGBT Community Services Center, White Plains NY 
 
Love Exiles FoundationMarriage Equality USAMassEquality May First Coalition for Immigrants Rights
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Fresno, CA.Metropolitan Community ChurchesMore Light PresbyteriansMujeres Unidas y ActivasNational Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)National Asian Pacific American Women's ForumNational Black Justice Coalition (NBJC)National Center for Lesbian RightsNational Center for Transgender Equality National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP)National Council of Jewish WomenNational Gay & Lesbian Chamber of CommerceNational Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action FundNational Immigrant Justice CenterNational Latina Institute for Reproductive HealthNew York City Anti-Violence ProjectNorthwest Immigrant Rights ProjectOneAmericaOur Family CoalitionOut4ImmigrationPangea Legal ServicesPeople For the American Way PFLAG JuneauPFLAG NationalPhysicians for a National Health Program CaliforniaPresbyterian Welcome, New York, NY Pride At Work AFL CIOPride FoundationPROMO (Missouri)Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project - WA ChapterReconcilingWorks: Lutherans for Full ParticipationReligious Coalition for Reproductive ChoiceReligious InstituteSAGE (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders)SEIU Washington State CouncilSoulforce
South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)”
 South Carolina Equality Stop The Checkpoints, Port Angeles, WA Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition

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