Gender JUST believes that comprehensive immigration reform is a critically queer struggle and has been involved in several citywide efforts to stop deportations and immigration raids. Gender JUST's immigrant-led immigration positions stand firmly against Uniting American Families Act (UAFA) and other LGBTQ efforts that stop short of comprehensive immigration reform.
- The dominant structures of labor and
immigration policies are oppressive towards immigrants, particularly LGBTQ
- Gender, race, ethnicity, language,
sexuality, and national origin are particularly significant identities that
influence the opportunities of LGBTQ immigrants.
- Queer individuals of privilege, members of
both immigrant and non-immigrant communities, can benefit from examining
critically the politics and ideologies surrounding LGBTQ immigrants.
- The effects of rampant globalization and an
unfair economy that favors profits for a few and depresses the wages of the
many have harmful effects upon local and international labor forces. To demand
that Americans choose between immigrant and domestic labor is to posit a false
choice. A more equitable solution is to demand better working conditions and a fair
living for all and to call for ending the growth of unfair US economic policies
Issues Impacting LGBTQ Immigrants
the Border, such as the proposal for a national wall along the 20,000
mile border between US and Mexico, is economically unsustainable and undermines
programs like education and public assistance.
Definitions under current immigration law implies a heterosexual family
structure and leaves out most of the family structures in which LGBTQ
Applications are restrictive and can only be made during the first year
after entering the country, even though this is the only way for some of the
most vulnerable LGBTQ immigrants to legalize their status.
is the act of protecting or in any way assisting an undocumented immigrant and
provisions target individuals and organizations that provide assistance to
undocumented immigrants with financial aid, food, housing, and other basic
Worker Programs create a two-tiered system that
divides our communities into “better” and “worse” immigrants depending on how
long they have been in the country and what kind of work they do.
- Support legalization
for all immigrants, including undocumented immigrants. End thecriminalization
of immigrants by preventing the expansion of deportation criteria and increased
penalties for minor offenses.
- Enact genuinely
progressive immigration legislation at the state level that respects the human rights
- End the
one year deadline for applying for asylum.
- End the
heightened policing and criminalization of immigrant communities, including the
increased militarization of the border, the construction of any wall around the
US-Mexico border, and/or the use of city and state government agencies to
enforce federal immigration law.
- End the
indefinite and mandatory detention of non-citizens and ensure the safety and
self-determination of all people, regardless of national origin, religion,
race, gender or sexuality. Detention is
particularly harsh for LGBTQ and HIV positive detainees.
- Strengthen labor
laws and protections for all workers, native and foreign born, and end guest worker
proposals that would continue the exploitation of many low-wage workers.
- End penalties
imposed upon service providers and family members of undocumented immigrants.
- Repeal the
Real I.D. Act, which creates a national database and makes it more difficult to
obtain legal identification, thus causing hardship for thousands of people who
cannot obtain identification. In addition, we demand that the Federal
government not penalize states that opt out of the Real I.D. Act.
- Eliminate the
high-income requirements for immigrant sponsors.
- Eliminate the 3
and 10-year bars for so-called unlawful presence.
- Support efforts
to create and affirm the broader definitions of family and kinship patterns in which
LGBTQ people already live.
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