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For Immediate Release
November 5, 2014

No More Excuses for Delayed Action on Immigration
Immigration Equality Urges an End to Politicking & Gridlock on Immigration Relief and Reform

New York, NY – Less than 24 hours after Election Day, it is clear that President Obama’s dangerous strategy of delaying deportation relief until after the midterm elections failed—it failed his party and it failed the LGBT community. Now more than ever, Immigration Equality urges President Obama to deliver immediate relief from deportation for uniquely vulnerable lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender immigrants. We need solutions that will protect LGBT immigrants from deportation to the more than 80 countries that criminalize being LGBT, and the many more where it is fundamentally unsafe to be LGBT.

“With the midterm elections behind us, there are no more excuses to delay an administrative relief package,” said Caroline Dessert, the executive director of Immigration Equality. “The LGBT community cannot afford another season of inaction. We need bipartisan solutions that will fix the broken immigration system: the arbitrary one-year filing deadline for asylum currently prevents LGBT people from applying for life-saving relief, LGBT people are languishing in uncertainty and without permanent relief for years due to improperly funded immigration courts, and the dysfunctional immigration detention system endangers LGBT lives. We call on President Obama and the 114th Congress to deliver viable solutions for immediate relief and humane immigration reform.”

“President Obama has the responsibility to stand up for LGBT immigrants and families like mine,” says Marco Quiroga, DACA-recipient and national field officer of Immigration Equality. “The President’s delay has endangered the more than 267,000 LGBT undocumented immigrants who live under the fear of deportation every day. The President’s overdue relief program continues to be the only possible immediate protection we have from being sent back to homophobic and transphobic violence and discrimination. Now more than ever, we urge President Obama to fulfill his obligation to deliver on his overdue promise to expand his deportation relief program. Our families need bold, broad and LGBT-inclusive solutions now.”

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Since 1994, Immigration Equality has been representing LGBT and HIV-positive asylum seekers, detainees, and binational couples, who are fighting for safety, fair treatment, and freedom. Immigration Equality represents people from around the world fleeing violence, abuse and persecution because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and HIV status. Our team of legal experts has won asylum for more than 600 LGBT and HIV-positive individuals.

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.