Supreme Court Rally in Support of Undocumented LGBTQ Immigrants
On Monday April 18, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of United States v. Texas, a lawsuit that has placed of President Obama’s November executive actions on hold. This case has frozen the implementation of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
In 2012, Obama provided immigration relief to undocumented students through DACA. The program has been in place for four years and has provided work authorization and protection against deportation to roughly 665,000 people. Last November, the president attempted to provide temporary work permits and deferred deportation to approximately 3.7 million undocumented immigrants through DAPA. Unfortunately, Texas and 25 other states filled a lawsuit claiming that expanded DACA and DAPA violates federal laws and the Constitution. Due to this lawsuit, the implementation of DAPA has been blocked and millions of DAPA-eligible immigrants are not able to work legally and live without the fear of deportation.
Freezing DAPA also affects LGBTQ immigrants who may qualify for the program. Currently, there are at least 267,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBTQ adult undocumented immigrants living in the United States. For many people, DAPA would mean more job security, greater access to social services, high wages, and bringing family separations to an end.
Immigrant rights are LGBTQ rights. That is why the National LGBTQ Task Force is joining immigrant advocates in calling on the Supreme Court to unfreeze DAPA. Please join us for a National Day of Action, Monday, April 18th, at 8:00 a.m. at the Supreme Court, 1 First Street NE, Washington, D.C. If you are unable to attend, please join local events or show your support online by changing your social media profile to include the solidarity ribbon available here:
To learn more about the case or coalition please visit: http://www.fightforfamilies.org
by Daniel Chevez, National LGBTQ Task Force Media Relations Fellow