Rachel B. Tiven, executive director of Immigration Equality, issued the following statement today in response to news that the White House will offer categorical relief protecting DREAM-eligible youth from deportation, and provide work authorization and other benefits for young, undocumented immigrants.
“Today’s announcement is great news for our country. The young people who will be positively impacted are our classmates, our colleagues, our friends. They are America’s up-and-comers: future entrepreneurs, scientists, and public servants. I can’t wait to see their vibrant potential realized.
Some DREAM-eligible young people – including many of the bravest leaders of the movement – are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. Many, gay and straight, are building their lives with Americans whom they love. This new policy will ensure these young people, many of whom have never known any home other than the United States, do not live in fear of separation from their family. Indeed, no person should face forcible separation from their families, regardless of their age. That is why the White House should follow today’s announcement with a proposal to extend that same relief to immigrants with U.S.-citizen partners and spouses across the board. Keeping families together is good policy, and all families, including those that are LGBT, should have the support of the President in the form of a similar policy.”