A group of LGBT advocacy organizations blasted lawmakers in a joint statement to The Raw Story on Wednesday for considering emphasizing increased security along the border between the U.S. and Mexico a pre-requisite to speeding the citizenship process for undocumented immigrants already in the country.
“The Senate bill already contains very strict enforcement provisions that reflect a compromise,” said the statement, credited to a 9-group contingent that included organizations like GLAAD, the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, among others. “Harsher enforcement mechanisms for immigrants will have a disproportionately very negative impact on LGBT immigrants, whom studies have shown receive harsher punishments than their non-LGBT peers — especially in the case of LGBT people of color.”
Despite projections by the Congressional Budget Office that immigration reform would cut federal deficits by $700 billion within 20 years, and an immigration rate reportedly at net-zero, Republican lawmakers have insisted on increasing security along the border.
The statement also referenced the recent survey released by Latino Decisions showing heavy bipartisan support among Latino voters for placing a path to citizenship on equal footing with security concerns, as well as another study showing 80 percent of overall voters favoring the idea.