The massive Deportation program, "Secure Communities" (S-Comm) makes us all, especially the LGBTQ community, less safe. LGBTQ immigrants--particularly LGBTQ youth of color, low-income LGBTQ people, and LGBTQ survivors of violence--are disproportionately impacted by S-Comm and all “ICE ACCESS” programs, a set of federal programs that tangle local law enforcement in complicated federal immigration laws.
Because of widespread police profiling, selective enforcement, and poverty, LGBTQ immigrants come into high rates of contact with law enforcement, leading to a greater risk for deportation, now made even greater by programs such as S-Comm.
As LGBTQ leaders, activists, and community members, we call on President Obama to take decisive action to eliminate these destructive programs that target and have severe consequences for LGBTQ people, low-income people, immigrants, people of color, survivors of violence, and young people.
Powerful community mobilization throughout the country over the past year have put major pressure on the administration to terminate the program. It's time for LGBTQ people to add our voice.
Join CUAV, Streetwise and Safe, GetEQUAL, and 60 other LGBTQ organizations by signing the letter below.