LGBTQ Immigrant Population at Risk
As a border state with a rich history of immigration, Arizona is on the driving edge of the national immigration debate. Our LGBTQ immigrant population is too often at high risk for discrimination, isolation, and a lack of access to resources.
We support comprehensive and inclusive immigration reform that will protect and serve our LGBTQ immigrant community by creating a pathway to citizenship and by providing access to important education and healthcare services. We support local advocacy organizations that fight for the following legislation and policies, which would also ensure important protections for our LGBTQ immigrant community:
- Call for municipal policies and best practices that promote equity, justice, and equal protections for our LGBTQ community in our local public safety and law enforcement systems.
- Stand against policies that promote racial profiling, incarceration, and more border militarization.
- Support The DREAM Act, which would provide a pathway to legal status for the thousands of undocumented youth who attend and graduate American high schools.
- Promote the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows undocumented youth who grew up and attended school in the U.S. to apply for legal work status.
Emerging Leader Awardee
At our 2013 Awards Dinner, Equality Arizona recognized Daniel Rodriguez as our Emerging Leader Awardee for his work with LGBTQ immigrants and the Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project (AZ QUIP).