Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund and the Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project (QUIP), a program of United We Dream

February 02, 2014

Houston, Feb 2— We urge Sheriff Adrian Garcia to withdraw from the 287G federal program immediately. The consequence of his participation in this program is putting undocumented LGBTQ people in Federal ICE (Immigration Customs Enforcement) solitary confinement—putting vulnerable people’s lives at risk, separating families and criminalizing our community. Local police should be local police—not federal police. The sheriff has a good track record in the treatment of some LGBT people, but you can’t cherry pick fairness; fairness is for all. We urge him to act now and to follow the lead of other city law enforcement leaders—such as Washington DC and Rhode Island—who made the right choice not to participate in 287G.

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The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund builds the grassroots political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The Task Force Action Fund does this through direct and grassroots lobbying to defeat anti-LGBT ballot initiatives and legislation, and works to pass pro-LGBT legislation and other progressive initiatives. The Task Force Action Fund is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation incorporated in New York. Contributions to the Task Force Action Fund are not tax-deductible.