FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 14, 2015
Immigration Equality Action Fund Opposes H.R. 240
New York, NY – Immigration Equality Action Fund strongly opposes H.R. 240. The bill provides funding to maintain no less than 34,000 detention beds while providing $3 billion for detention, enforcement, and removal operations. H.R. 240 increases the dysfunction of a system that exposes the LGBT community to inhumane detention conditions and dangerous deportation. We also oppose any amendments designed to reverse President Obama’s Executive Action on immigration. While the President’s executive orders should have been more LGBT-inclusive, vacating them now will do more harm than good.
“This bill has no chance at becoming law,” said Aaron Morris, Legal Director of Immigration Equality. “The House should introduce bipartisan legislation to address the millions of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S., and not waste its time attempting to undo the limited protections the President extended.”
“The new effort to overturn the President’s Executive Orders on immigration hurts families like mine,” said Marco Quiroga, National Field Officer of Immigration Equality. “As a gay man and undocumented immigrant, DACA changed my life. My mother deserves the same protection. She has lived in the U.S. for over two decades, and she lives in constant fear that she may be deported. Instead of creating viable solutions for LGBT immigrants and our families, Congress continues to play partisan politics and make empty political statements. The country is ready for bipartisan solutions to our broken immigration system.”
Immigration Equality Action Fund advocates for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV-positive immigrants and their families. To end discrimination in U.S. immigration law, Immigration Equality Action Fund works to pass LGBT-inclusive Comprehensive Immigration Reform. The Action Fund lobbies legislators and other policy makers, builds coalitions, and empowers LGBT immigrants around the country to fight for change.