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President Obama Unveils Inclusive Immigration Plan

Statement by NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell (Las Vegas, NV, January 29, 2013)—Today, President Obama laid out a broad proposal for legislation that will overhaul U.S. immigration policy and replace it with a humane and workable system. In a much-anticipated address in Las Vegas, President Obama announced general principles he would like to see included in forthcoming legislation. The White House subsequently released a factsheet containing additional information and more detailed...

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President Obama Unveils Inclusive Immigration Plan

Statement by NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell (Las Vegas, NV, January 29, 2013)—Today, President Obama laid out a broad proposal for legislation that will overhaul U.S. immigration policy and replace it with a humane and workable system. In a much-anticipated address in Las Vegas, President Obama announced general principles he would like to see included in forthcoming legislation. The White House subsequently released a factsheet containing additional information and more detailed...

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Groups Release Joint Statement on Immigration Reform as U.S. Senators Release Set of Principles for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

(San Francisco, CA, January 28, 2013)—National lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights organizations, including the National Center for Lesbian Rights, today released a joint statement reiterating the call for a comprehensive immigration policy that ensures fair and just treatment for all those currently impacted by our failed immigration policy. It comes as a bipartisan group of U.S. senators today released a set of principles for comprehensive immigration reform, and as...

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More than $75,000 Raised by LGBTQ Organizations and Leaders to Help Dreamers Apply for new “Deferred Action” Program

(San Francisco, CA, September 12, 2012)—More than $75,000 has been raised by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) organizations and LGBTQ movement leaders to help young LGBTQ undocumented immigrants pay for work permit applications made possible through President Obama’s new “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA) program. The President’s program, which took effect on August 15, allows young people who were brought to the country as children to apply for...

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NCLR Condemns Arizona’s Unconstitutional Anti-Immigration Law

(Washington, DC, June 7, 2010)  — More than 20 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality groups and allies today issued the following joint statement: Arizona’s S.B. 1070 takes the state down a path that will lead to racial profiling, discrimination and anti-immigrant extremism. We stand in solidarity with other individuals, organizations and local governments in rejecting the misrepresentation of immigrants put forth in this unjust and ill-conceived measure. S.B. 1070 essentially...

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NCLR Condemns Arizona’s Unconstitutional Anti-Immigration Law

A statement from NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq. (San Francisco, CA, April 26, 2010)  — Today the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) released a statement strongly condemning the passage of Arizona’s “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act” (SB 1070). The new law would require law enforcement officials to stop people whom they believe are in the U.S. illegally and demand proof of their immigration status. Under the law, it would be a misdemeanor if stopped...

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National Center for Lesbian Rights Immigration Project Director Noemi Calonje Honored by Alice B. Toklas LGBTQ Democratic Club

(San Francisco, California, October 16, 2009) — The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) today announced that the Alice B. Toklas LGBTQ Democratic Club will honor NCLR Immigration Project Director Noemi Calonje with their Legal Services Award, which is presented to individuals who build and protect the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community. Calonje will be presented with the award at the Club’s annual awards ceremony on Wednesday, October 21 at 6:00 pm at the Infusion...

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Civil Rights Groups Urge Ninth Circuit to Reconsider Denial of Asylum to Gay Man from Guatemala

(San Francisco, CA, April 24, 2009)—Today, Immigration Equality and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) filed a friend of the court brief urging the Ninth Circuit to rehear its decision in Martinez v. Holder, 557 F.3d 1059 (9th Cir. 2009). Last month, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied asylum to Saul Martinez, a gay man from Guatemala. Martinez fled Guatemala after he was beaten, sexually assaulted, and threatened by a Guatemalan Congressman and repeatedly harassed by the...

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In re Raul

Originally from Peru, Raul is a transgender man who, from a very early age, knew that he was in the wrong body. As a child, he woke up every morning waiting for his body to change from female to male. His family had a difficult time adjusting to their child’s gender identity and expression. In school, he endured verbal and physical attacks, isolation, and harassment on a daily basis. Despite the many obstacles that he faced in obtaining his education, he was admitted into a prestigious...

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