Of the approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, more than a million are undocumented young people who were brought to the United States as minors and have spent most of their lives living in the United States.
The Dream Act will protect young undocumented immigrants, who are vulnerable to deportation, many of whom are Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.
The DACA program has allowed 800,000 young people to live, work, and study in the United States without fear of deportation, after being brought here as children. 169,000 APIs are eligible for DACA. 267,000 undocumented immigrants are LGBT.
However, President Trump has vowed to end DACA, many LGBT API youth could be deported to countries that criminalize homosexuality. Several lawsuits have temporarily delayed, but cannot permanently block Trump’s cancellation of DACA. Congress still needs to act to save DACA and find a permanent solution for the Dreamers.
Undocumented LGBTQ people experience compounded discrimination due to their sexual orientation, gender identity, and immigration status. Approximately 75,000 Dreamers are LGBTQ, and 36,000 of them have gotten relief through DACA.
In a third of countries around the world, it is a crime to be LGBTQ. Thousands of people every year are arrested, harassed and even murdered because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Sending LGBTQ Dreamers back to these countries would gravely threaten their health and safety.
The Dream Act would provide Dreamers the opportunity to apply for permanent legal status and eventually become eligible for U.S. citizenship. It allows current, former, and future undocumented high-school graduates and GED recipients a three-step pathway to U.S. citizenship through college, work, or the armed services.
Urge Congress to support the Dream Act.