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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 25, 2017

Contact:
Jackie Yodashkin, Public Affairs Director, Immigration Equality Action Fund
jyodashkin@immigrationequality.org / 917-620-4502

Executive Orders on Immigration Unconstitutional; Awful for America, Unfair for Immigrants, and Dangerous for the LGBTQ Community

NEW YORK, NY — Today, President Donald Trump signed Executive Orders pushing forward plans to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. He also called for a dramatic increase in the detention of immigrants and made plans to cut funding to sanctuary cities. Later this week, he is expected to sign an Executive Order that would curtail resettlement of all refugees for several months and then ban refugees from many Muslim countries, including Syria. Below is a statement from Aaron C. Morris, Immigration Equality Action Fund’s Executive Director:

“America has long been a beacon of hope for LGBTQ and HIV-positive asylum seekers and refugees. From all parts of the world, individuals and families in our community have sought to start a new life here, free from subjugation and oppression. We see it every day at Immigration Equality. Today, President Trump signed an Executive Order that substantially eviscerates that promise and undermines the most basic tenants of our democracy. His order is not only unconstitutional, but also antithetical to the American Dream. We cannot allow it to stand.

“To all of the LGBTQ and HIV-positive asylum seekers and refugees seeking a new life in our country, please know that Immigration Equality is here for you. We are ready to fight. To Sanctuary Cities seeking to keep all of us safe, do not waiver in your resolve. We need you. Immigrants are now and have always been the lifeblood of this nation. If we are lucky, they always will be.”

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Immigration Equality Action Fund is the nation’s leading LGBTQ immigrant rights organization. We advocate for LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrants and families. Because we serve more LGBTQ immigrants than any other organization, we spot patterns and trends that no one else sees. We take that experience to Washington D.C. and fight to ensure the safety and well­being of our community.