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NCLR Responds to Introduction of Federal Immigration Reform Legislation

Statement by NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell (San Francisco, CA, April 17, 2013)— Today, a bipartisan group of Senators who have been working on a plan to fix the current broken U.S. immigration system released their long-awaited proposal for comprehensive immigration reform legislation. The bill, called the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, presents a massive overhaul to many aspects of our current approach to immigration. The plan provides a...

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Special Fund Helps LGBTQ “DREAMers” Get Work Permits and Relief from Deportation

(San Francisco, CA, February 19, 2013)—Nearly 200 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) undocumented young people have either received or are in the process of receiving two-year work permits and reprieves from the threat of deportation, thanks to a fund made possible by over four dozen LGBTQ organizations. Last summer, President Obama created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to enable people who came to the United States as children—commonly known as...

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$75K Fund Opens Today to Help LGBTQ Undocumented Immigrants Pay for Application Fees Under Deferred Action Program

(San Francisco, CA, September 21, 2012)—Young lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender undocumented immigrants struggling to pay application fees under President Obama’s new “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA) can now receive financial help. Today, the LGBTQ Dreamers Fund-made possible by more than $75,000 in contributions from LGBTQ movement leaders-officially begins accepting applications, giving many young LGBTQ undocumented immigrants a chance to apply for the...

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NCLR Co-Hosts Deferred Action Immigration Forum in San Francisco

(San Francisco, CA, August 27, 2012)—The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) is pleased to co-sponsor a community forum on the newly announced Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on August 29, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. at the San Francisco Main Library’s Koret Auditorium. On June 15, 2012, President Barack Obama announced that his administration would no longer deport young undocumented immigrants brought to this country as children and would enable them to work legally by...

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LGBTQ Legal Groups Support Undocumented Law Graduate, Urge California Supreme Court to Grant Law License

(San Francisco, CA, July 18, 2012)—Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of itself and Lambda Legal urging the California Supreme Court to grant the application of a California law school graduate who is also an undocumented immigrant to become a licensed attorney in California. The brief was filed in support of Sergio C. Garcia’s application to become a member of the State Bar of California. The Board of Examiners of the California State Bar...

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Provisions of Arizona Immigration Law

Statement by NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq. (San Francisco, CA, June 25, 2012)—Today, in a 5-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down three key provisions of the draconian Arizona immigration law, S.B. 1070, and upheld another provision for further judicial interpretation without reaching a final determination of its validity. Justice Elena Kagan abstained. The Court struck down three sections of the law, including a provision that made it a crime for all documented...

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NCLR Applauds Obama Administration for Halting Unfair Deportation of Young Immigrants Brought to This Country as Children

Statement by NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq. (San Francisco, CA, June 15, 2012)—Today, President Obama’s administration announced that it will stop deporting young immigrants who were brought to the United States as children and who have been unable to obtain documentation, despite living in this country for most of their lives. Under the new policy, President Obama will exercise his legal authority to issue an executive order to stop deportations of these young people and to issue...

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NCLR Applauds California Governor Signing State Dream Act into Law

Statement by NCLR Federal Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq. (San Francisco, CA, October 11, 2011)—On Saturday, October 8, 2011, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the state’s Dream Act into law, eliminating discrimination against undocumented students who graduate from high schools and are on a path toward citizenship, who will now be able to apply to the state’s public universities as residents. The new law grants equal access to in-state tuition and allows students access to both private...

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NCLR Applauds Senate Inclusion of Same-Sex Couples and Relief for Youth in Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill

Statement from Federal Policy Attorney Maya Rupert (San Francisco, CA, September 30, 2010)—Today, Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010. This legislation, which provides many urgently needed changes to our national immigration law, protects same-sex couples by incorporating the substance of the Uniting Americans Families Act (UAFA), which would grant U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents the right to sponsor...

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NCLR Calls on Congress for Immigration Equality for Families

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation Must Include Protections for Binational Couples among The Family Unity Provisions (Washington, D.C., July 15, 2010)—Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights joined a coalition of organizations and leaders calling on Congress to insist that the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA) be included in comprehensive immigration reform legislation going forward. This approach is consistent with the Senate framework announced on April 29, 2010 by...

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