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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 6, 2017

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

New Muslim and Refugee Ban Strips Hope and Sparks Fear Among LGBTQ and HIV-positive Refugees and Immigrants

New York, NY — Today, following the release of an updated Muslim and Refugee Ban by President Trump, Immigration Equality Action Fund’s Executive Director Aaron C. Morris released the following statement:

“A Muslim and Refugee Ban by any other name is still a Muslim and Refugee Ban. It will always be against the law to deny entry to the U.S. to a group of people based solely on their national origin or religion.

“For LGBTQ and HIV-positive migrants and refugees, the United States has always been a beacon of hope. Today, the President tried to extinguish that light for all people fleeing persecution in Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

“Since the President’s first set of immigration Executive Orders in January, Immigration Equality has received hundreds of messages from anxious LGBTQ and HIV-positive individuals seeking advice about how to keep themselves and their families safe. The Administration’s targeted attacks on immigrants are a gross violation of due process that substantially undermine our international reputation for upholding and protecting basic human rights. This Order, like the original Muslim and Refugee Ban, will bar thousands of LGBTQ and HIV-positive people from seeking safety in the United States. Just like before, we will not allow that to happen.”

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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.