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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 18, 2016

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Jackie Yodashkin, Communications Director
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Immigration Equality Statement on Oral Arguments in United States v. Texas

New York, NY— Today, Immigration Equality’s Executive Director Aaron C. Morris released the below statement in response to the United States Supreme Court’s hearing oral arguments in United States v. Texas, a lawsuit challenging President Obama’s extended deferred action immigration programs.

“The Supreme Court’s decision could defer the deportation of as many as four million immigrants who have lived in limbo far too long. Thousands of these individuals will be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and HIV-positive. For them, deportation to one of the nearly 80 countries around the world that criminalize them could be a death sentence.

“Thirteen years ago, on a cold March night, some law school friends and I huddled together for 12 hours to hear oral arguments in Lawrence v. Texas, the case challenging anti-sodomy laws. We knew that it was a seminal moment in LGBTQ equality. In June of that year, the Supreme Court struck down all anti-sodomy laws targeting gay people. Five months later, Massachusetts recognized the marriages of same-sex couples.

“In this case, the Justices will once again decide a fundamental question of what it means to be American. This lawsuit is wrong and antithetical to what has always made our nation great. Diverse communities make America strong and dynamic. Immigrant cultures with novel ideas enrich and empower us. Let us never forget that this has been our legacy, and that it will be a necessary part of our successful future.”

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Immigration Equality is the nation’s leading LGBTQ immigrant rights organization. We represent and advocate for people from around the world fleeing violence, abuse, and persecution because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status. Our legal team has won asylum for hundreds of LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrants while maintaining a 99% success rate.