For Immediate Release: September 15, 2021
More Than 50 LGBTQ+ Organizations to Democrats: Establish a Pathway to Citizenship For Immigrants This Year
Washington, D.C. – As momentum for a pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants continues to grow, more than 50 organizations that work toward the advancement of LGBTQ+ communities across the country have come out in support of legalization now through a letter drafted to Democratic leadership.
The letter, organized by the Human Rights Campaign, notes that a pathway to citizenship is imperative for our country, but especially to the more than 300,000 LGBTQ+ immigrants who make their lives in the U.S. Read the full letter here.
Bridgette Gomez, Campaign Director for the We Are Home campaign said:
“The time for transformative immigration reform is now. Our movement has momentum on our side, the American people on our side, and the progressive movement on our side. We commend and welcome this letter signed by LGBTQ+ organizations and thank them for their unwavering support for ensuring that immigrants, especially those from within the LGBTQ+ community, are included in our country’s recovery and Democrats’ Build Back Better package. We know that for LGBTQ+ immigrants, who experience discrimination not only for their status but also for the sexual orientation and gender identity, permanent protection is paramount.
“Our campaign to put millions of Dreamers, TPS holders, farm workers and other essential workers on a pathway to citizenship is within striking distance. Immigrant workers and their families have been working in essential industries long before the pandemic, putting them on a pathway to citizenship through the Build Back Better package is a key part of shoring up our economy for all.
“To truly Build Back Better we have to make sure no one is left behind.”
We Are Home is a nationwide campaign to fight for immigrant communities on three fronts: prioritizing and demanding a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in America; a moratorium and overhaul of interior enforcement; and broad affirmative relief from deportation. We Are Home is co-chaired by Community Change/Community Change Action; National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA)/Care in Action; Service Employees International Union (SEIU); United Farm Workers/UFW Foundation; and United We Dream.