Friday, November 21, 2014

LGBT Immigration Discrimination

Though President Obama has taken executive action to extend relief to millions of undocumented immigrants it’s unclear to what extent LGBT undocumented immigrants will be included in that relief. According to GetEqual over 267,000 LGBT undocumented immigrants live each day afraid of being deported & many to countries that criminalize homosexuality. For these individuals deportation is almost a certainly death sentence. Because of Obama’s action being narrowly tied to family & work these are 2 key areas where LGBT people experience discrimination & many undocumented LGBT folks will be left out of this relief package. LGBT undocumented immigrants are 15 times more likely to be targeted for sexual violence while in detention centers. They are more likely to be raped, denied medication & kept in solitary confinement for extended periods of time. We need LGBTQ identified undocumented folks to be placed on the low-priority list for deportation in order to keep them out of a detention system that has been proven again & again to abuse & mistreat them. If the U.S. government cannot ensure the safety of those in its care President Obama must keep LGBT identified folks out of the system. Let’s ask Obama as he exercises his executive authority to expand administrative relief to millions of undocumented immigrants to ensure the safety of over 267,000 LGBT undocumented immigrants who face tremendous detention abuse.
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