National Gay and Lesbian Task Force urges passage of fair and humane DREAM Act

May 13, 2011

Inga Sarda-Sorensen
Director of Communications
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WASHINGTON, May 12 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, a longtime advocate for fair and humane comprehensive immigration reform, commends the reintroduction this week of the Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors Act (DREAM Act) in the U.S. Senate and House. The DREAM Act offers undocumented young people "conditional permanent residency" if they arrived in this country before they were 16 and attend college or serve in the military. Upon graduation or completion of their enlistment, they would receive permanent legal residency with an opportunity to apply for U.S. citizenship. In addition to the DREAM Act, the Task Force is working in coalition with immigrant rights groups toward passage of comprehensive immigration reform and the Uniting American Families Act.

Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

"Many people like to say that youth are our future. Passage of the DREAM Act will actually help ensure brighter and more secure futures for our young people, including countless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth, by providing them a path to citizenship. The United States is built on the belief that everyone get a fair shake to fully participate in civic life, and to be able to build a future in the country they love and call home. Passage of the DREAM Act will do justice to this fundamental and humane principle. We thank the Senate and House members who this week reintroduced this critical legislation. We urge for its swift passage, and continue to call on federal lawmakers and the Obama administration to work toward fair and comprehensive immigration reform."

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The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund, founded in 1974 as the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc., works to build the grassroots political power of the LGBT community to win complete equality. We do this through direct and grassroots lobbying to defeat anti-LGBT ballot initiatives and legislation and pass pro-LGBT legislation and other measures. We also analyze and report on the positions of candidates for public office on issues of importance to the LGBT community. The Task Force Action Fund is a 501(c)(4) non-profit corporation incorporated in New York. Contributions to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund are not tax deductible.