Washington, D.C.-(ENEWSPF)- As part of an ongoing effort in support of comprehensive immigration reform that includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) immigrants and their families, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization, released a statement of principles entitled Comprehensive & Inclusive Immigration Reform: Nine Problems Deserving Solutions.
There are an estimated 1 million LGBT adult immigrants, of which about two-thirds are documented and one-third are undocumented—and an estimated 32,300 LGBT binational couples are living in the U.S. today. With these dramatic numbers in mind, the document is organized by HRC’s four guiding principles in support of immigration reform: Keep LGBT Families Together, Create a Pathway to Citizenship, Improve the U.S. Asylum System for LGBT Applicants, and Protect the Health and Safety of LGBT Immigrants. Under each principle, key problems are highlighted that urgently requires legislative solutions.
“The immigration system is in desperate need of reform and that reform must include LGBT immigrants and families,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Comprehensive immigration reform is about protecting those who are vulnerable and living in the shadows.” [ENEWSPF]