Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Path to citizenship for all immigrants is paramount

When immigration reform is worked on, ALL immigrants must be included.   - - Donna Poisl

By Crosby Burns, policy analyst, Center for American Progress

 Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people suffer from some of the highest rates of discrimination in the workplace, in health care, and in our communities. Undocumented immigrants too face significant employment and economic insecurities that make it difficult to put food on the table, pay the bills, and otherwise make ends meet for themselves and their families.

It stands to reason then that those at the intersection of these two already marginalized populations — those that are both LGBT and undocumented — are among society’s most vulnerable. It also stands to reason then that this population would especially benefit from immigration reform that included a pathway to earned citizenship for the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States today.
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