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Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus Statement 08.01.2014

Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus Statement 08.01.2014

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After activists with Southerners on New Ground (SONG) and Familia: Trans and Queer Liberation Movement held a seven-hour sit-in at the offices of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus Wednesday, the Caucus released this statement supporting comprehensive immigration reform that takes special consideration of the specific needs of LGBT immigrants.
After activists with Southerners on New Ground (SONG) and Familia: Trans and Queer Liberation Movement held a seven-hour sit-in at the offices of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus Wednesday, the Caucus released this statement supporting comprehensive immigration reform that takes special consideration of the specific needs of LGBT immigrants.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Brad Jacklin

August 1, 2014 (202) 225-2589
brad.jacklin@mail.house.gov

Statement on Potential Executive Action
on Immigration and Inclusion of LGBT Immigrants

WASHINGTON, DC — Today the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus released the
following statement from Executive Director Brad Jacklin:

“This week the Equality Caucus heard from groups of passionate activists standing up
for the rights of the LGBT immigrant community. Every immigrant, including those
who identify as LGBT, should be treated in a manner that upholds American values.
Any activity that discriminates against the LGBT community, whether it is targeted
policing, bias in enforcement, harassment in detention, failure to provide medically
necessary care, the unnecessary use of solitary confinement, or failure to respect gender
identity cannot be supported.

“Any executive action taken by the President to address immigration should institute
anti-discrimination policies for at-risk communities, including undocumented
immigrants who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. In far too many places,
LGBT people around the world are at great risk for harassment and physical violence
because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV status; they should not
experience the same harassment while undergoing the immigration process in the
United States.

“The Caucus recognizes the urgent need for comprehensive immigration reform. Last
year the Senate took action on immigration reform, but the House of Representatives
has yet to act. Individual members of the Equality Caucus have spoken out on the need
for immigration reform and the Caucus has hosted briefings and taken meetings on the
plight of LGBT refugees and asylum seekers. We continue to welcome additional
conversations with the LGBT immigrant community this summer, knowing that so
much is at stake in the next few days, weeks and months. We encourage the President
to stay committed to his deferred action policy for immigrants who arrived as children
and call upon him to include in his upcoming decisions the concerns of those who will
be impacted most.”

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