By Michael Oleaga | December 5, 2014
While approximately 4.9 million undocumented immigrants may be eligible for President Barack Obama’s immigration executive actions, one group did not receive as much protection from possible deportation: the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) community.
Obama has been commended for his executive actions, which included an expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and creation of the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) programs, but national LGBT organizations expressed disappointment for plans that do not include LGBT immigrant families.
National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) Policy Director Maya Rupert, in a statement, welcomed Obama’s immigration executive actions as a “first step” to fix the “broken and discriminatory” immigration system. According to Rupert, the broken immigration system has victimized, including approximately 267,000 undocumented immigrants who identify themselves as LGBT.