Undocumented LGBT people live at the intersection of two of the great civil rights battles of our generation – fixing our broken immigration system and achieving equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community – and facing both of these makes them some of the most vulnerable individuals in the United States.
There are close to 1 million LGBT adult immigrants in the country, one-third of whom are undocumented, and 32,300 LGBT binational couples. Unfortunately, current laws fall short on protecting them.
Congress needs to know that comprehensive and inclusive immigration reform is a critical issue for the LGBT community and its allies. You can help build critical support for comprehensive and inclusive immigration reform by sending a message to your members of Congress now.
Reform must guarantee that LGBT families are kept together with the inclusion of the Uniting American Families Act. It must make certain that a pathway to citizenship exists for the 11 million undocumented individuals in our country, 267,000 of whom are LGBT adults. It must address the barriers to refuge faced by LGBT asylum seekers who are escaping persecution because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. And, it must recognize the health and safety vulnerabilities of LGBT immigrants, who have been denied humane forms of detention or medically necessary healthcare.
The Human Rights Campaign has identified nine key problems faced by LGBT immigrants and provided nine commonsense solutions to address these problems: http://www.hrc.org/files/assets/resources/ComprehensiveInclusiveImmigratonReform.pdf
Immigration reform cannot be comprehensive if it is not inclusive – and your support of these solutions is vital.