Nation’s Leading LGBT Advocacy Organizations Reject Efforts by House GOP to Play Politics and Leave Millions of Immigrants Behind with KIDS Act
This statement can be attributed to the National Center for Lesbian Rights, GLAAD, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, United We Dream and Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project, and the National Center for Transgender Equality.
(San Francisco, CA, July 23, 2013)— This afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives will meet to discuss the so-called KIDS Act, a piece of craven political theater that threatens to tear apart immigrant families. Singling out some immigrant youth for a path to citizenship while subjecting their families to constant fear of deportation is as senseless as it is out of step with the American public. It’s time to stop playing politics with people’s lives.
As a coalition of the nation’s leading LGBT advocacy organizations committed to comprehensive, compassionate immigration reform, we seek nothing short of a roadmap for citizenship for all 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country, including at least 267,000 LGBT people. Through organizations like United We Dream and the Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project, LGBT youth have played a vital role in the DREAMer movement. Together with their straight allies, they will not settle for House Republicans offering a crumb to some and deportation for the rest.
The Republicans pushing this misguided legislation are the same politicians who killed the DREAM Act in 2010, opposed deferred action for DREAMers to prevent them from deportation in 2012, and then voted to defund the initiative last month. It’s time for these politicians to make a choice: either deliver a real solution on immigration and start to rebuild their political brand with the fastest growing demographic in the country, or step further and further away from mainstream Americans with extreme proposals that fall short of a real, long-term solution.
The Senate has done their job. Last month, the Senate passed a bipartisan bill that includes, among other provisions, a historic path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, reunification provisions to bring back together families torn apart by deportations and detentions, and the strongest DREAM Act ever written.
The Senate bill is far from perfect. In exchange for its passage, the Senate pledged $40 billion of spending for ‘border security.’ This wasteful overkill will have a harmful impact on border communities, particularly LGBT immigrants living on the border, and undermine the principles of humane enforcement. However, the legislation brings us one important step closer to reforming our immigration policies and keeping more families together.
Nearly 9 in 10 voters would not support a House bill that strips away this path to citizenship; it’s time for their leaders to listen to public will. If House Republicans are serious about fixing our broken immigration system, they will stop the brinkmanship and propose a real solution.
The National Center for Lesbian Rights is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.
GLAAD amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality.
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force bolsters the strength of local LGBT activism in rural enclaves, small towns and cities nationwide. We build grassroots political muscle at every level by training activists, strengthening the infrastructure of local and state allies and organizing broad-based campaigns creating public support for full equality of LGBT people. Learn more about our Organizing & Training and Movement Building efforts.
United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful nonpartisan network made up of 52 affiliate organizations in 25 states. We organize and advocate for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status. UWD’s current priority is to win citizenship for the entire undocumented community and end senseless deportations and abuses. We seek to address the inequities and obstacles faced by immigrant youth and believe that by empowering immigrant youth, we can advance the cause of the entire community—justice for all immigrants.
Director of Communications
National Center for Lesbian Rights
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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
United We Dream