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By Colleen Curry | December 2, 2014

President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration is expected to help some 5 million undocumented people remain in the United States, but legal advocates for LGBT immigrants say thousands will be left exposed to deportation.

The new legislation focuses heavily on keeping immigrant families together, specifically by allowing spouses, parents, children, and siblings of US residents to remain in the country with their citizen family members, as well as any immigrants who came here before they were 16 and before 2010.

But immigration experts and LGBT advocates say the legislation ignores factors such as gay marriage and gay adoption bans in some states in the US, as well as the fact that many immigrants who flee persecution for their gender or sexuality in their home countries come to the US at a later age than the executive action protects and don’t have family ties.

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