Task Force: Pass comprehensive immigration reform this year

July 01, 2010

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WASHINGTON, July 1 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force responded to President Obama's speech today on immigration reform. The Task Force has long advocated for comprehensive and humane immigration reform. Find more details here.

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

"It is long past time to reform our nation's cruel and broken immigration system. Arizona's draconian and inhumane immigration law was a reaction to the lack of any substantive federal response to this ongoing challenge. Without federal action, the president and Congress should expect a lot more of these misguided and extreme state based laws. At least 22 states are considering copying Arizona's punitive law. This is simply unacceptable. Congress and the president must exercise leadership by passing and enacting comprehensive federal immigration reform that is both fair and humane.

"This matters to the entire country, including the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families. Today, there are 12 million undocumented immigrants, including at least half a million LGBT people who are forced to live in the shadows of our society. We need humane detention standards, a path to citizenship for undocumented people, asylum for those persecuted because of sexual orientation or gender identity, and family unification of the estimated 36,000 binational couples who cannot live together in this country because federal law bans recognition of their relationships. Immigration reform is a national issue; it is an LGBT issue. It's time for Congress and the president to step up and act now to reform this failed system. Our country has waited too long for action and solutions."

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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.