Task Force Urges President Obama to Keep Promise of Providing Relief to 11 Million Undocumented Immigrants

WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 8, 2014 —The White House has announced that President Obama will not take executive action and provide relief to the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. until after the November election.

“Congress and the White House cannot play political football with the lives of 11 million people, of which over 260 thousand are LGBTQ people. Hardworking immigrant fathers and mothers live in fear as they go to work everyday not knowing if they will make it back home.

“Every day eleven hundred immigrants are deported, families are separated, children continue suffering, and more people are mistreated in detention centers because Congress fails to take action.
“The American public wants our government to fix our broken immigration system, and we have waited too long. Clearly Congress must act, but by failing to keep his promise of issuing an executive order on immigration, the President is missing an opportunity to prevent 70 thousand deportations and the needless separation of families from the people they love.

“Now is the time for the President to provide relief to millions of undocumented immigrants who simply want to access the promise of America.”

— Darlene Nipper, Deputy Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force


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