So my birthday is coming up on July 8th. My birthday wish this year is that everyone donates money or time to their local LGBTQP...
This week the debate on comprehensive immigration reform took real shape with the Senate introducing a bipartisan framework on principles on Monday and the president making a statement on Tuesday.
The National Queer Asia Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) commends the Senate and the president for taking this initial, bipartisan step. Immigrants’ rights and the need for comprehensive immigration reform are a top priority for our Asian and Asian Pacific Islander lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender immigrant communities.
Of course, we will continue to watch closely as details emerge and legislation is introduced. Though we have some questions about what has been put forth thus far, we recognize that there are important building blocks in the Senate’s and the president’s proposals. We’re committed to working on them to support legislation that not only benefits the Asian and Asian Pacific Islander LGBT communities we work with but, on balance, moves us toward a more comprehensive solution for the entire country.
The inclusion of a path to citizenship and relief for the over 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country is a key component of both proposals. We estimate that 750,000 of those undocumented immigrants are LGBT, and we call for reform that will help all of them. Young undocumented activists who worked on the DREAM Act and who are queer have, by making the connection between coming out of the closet and coming out of the shadows, changed the political landscape. That they are also included is encouraging. The Asian and Asian Pacific Islander immigrant families whom we work with, both LGBT and straight members alike, can take heart in the provisions to reduce the family petition backlogs, which both proposals include.
But there discrepancies between the two sets of proposals and the policies that are of concern to our communities and must be addressed. Provisions around enforcement and detention must not be dangerous or onerous to our communities.
Read the rest at the Huffington Post here.