Immigration Reform and the LGBT Community

A new CAP infographic details how the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act would help LGBT immigrants.

In June, the Senate passed the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 by a bipartisan majority of 68-32. It is now time for the House of Representatives to pass comprehensive immigration reform. According to analysis by the Williams Institute, there are nearly 1 million LGBT adult immigrants living in the United States today, 30 percent of whom are undocumented. Passage of common-sense immigration reform with a path to citizenship is particularly important for undocumented LGBT immigrants, whose double minority status has compounding harmful effects on their social, economic, and psychological well-being.

Click here to view an infographic that shows some of the ways the Senate’s immigration bill and H.R. 15 in the House would help LGBT immigrants.

Sharita Gruberg is a Policy Analyst for the LGBT Immigration Project at the Center for American Progress.

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Sharita Gruberg

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