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Ending DACA Puts LGBT Lives at Risk

Lauren Gray, Communications Director / (215) 983-3099

Trump’s Decision to End DACA Could Put 75,000 LGBT Young People’s Lives At Risk
NCLR says, “this administration just turned the lives of tens of thousands of our community members upside down”

(WASHINGTON, DC, September 5, 2017)—National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director Kate Kendell issued the following statement in response to today’s Trump administration announcement that it will be ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

“Today, the Trump administration needlessly took aim at the estimated 800,000 young people, including over 75,000 LGBT people, who came to the United States as children, work, pay taxes, and are protected from deportation under DACA. In doing so, the Trump administration rescinded not only this program but our country’s promise to protect these young people—many of whom have never known a life outside of the U.S.

For the 11 percent of DACA recipients who identify as LGBT, today’s announcement is even more chilling. In an announcement that lasted only minutes, this administration just turned the lives of tens of thousands of our community members upside down, putting their dreams, their futures, and potentially their safety at risk.

We join with the millions of others who pledge to do all in our power to resist this brutally vicious and depraved directive and to stand with these young people.”    


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