Four LGBT rights groups have released the following statement on today’s news that a bipartisan group of Senators have agreed on immigration reform. The groups, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Human Rights Campaign, Immigration Equality Action Fund, and National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund clearly note they stand “shoulder to shoulder with those striving for and dreaming of a nation that embraces all who come here seeking a better life,” but note “Any legislation must include the ability of couples in same-sex relationships to sponsor their spouse or permanent-partner in the same way opposite-sex couples have long been able to under current immigration law.”
Here’s the full text of the press release:
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 President Obama prepares to announce his own immigration plans tomorrow.
The full text of the LGBT groups’ joint statement is below:
“We are fully committed to and deeply understand the need for this nation to adopt a humane and effective comprehensive immigration policy which places a premium value on justice, dignity, respect and opportunity.
Any legislation must include the ability of couples in same-sex relationships to sponsor their spouse or permanent-partner in the same way opposite-sex couples have long been able to under current immigration law.
We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with those striving for and dreaming of a nation that embraces all who come here seeking a better life. We look forward to working with Congress, the White House and every community harmed by our broken immigration system to finally achieve the comprehensive reforms we all so desperately need.”
National Center for Lesbian Rights
Human Rights Campaign
Immigration Equality Action Fund
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund
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