In a report released by the Center for American Progress on Friday, March 8 explains approximately 267,000 LGBT individuals account for a large portion of the undocumented U.S. Population reports Latino FOX News.
The report, which comes on the tails of the passing of the Violence of Against Women Act (VAWA) signed by President Obama on Thursday informs many of these LGBT immigrants are marginalized due to their double minority status – immigrants and part of the LGBT community.
An excerpt explains: “Because LGBT undocumented people find themselves at the intersection of two already marginalized groups —the LGBT population and the undocumented population— they are among society’s most vulnerable individuals,”
“Passing an immigration reform bill with a direct road map to earned citizenship would lift these immigrants out of the shadows, treat them with the dignity that they deserve, and enable them to become full and equal participants in our society, economy, and democracy.”
An article from Latino FOX news mentions a large portion of the Latino community already supports the repeal of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) which currently poses many challenges for gay and lesbian families in the United States.
Sources: FOX News
Were DOMA to be repealed in June when the Supreme Court is slated to vote on legalizing same-sex marriage throughout the United States, things could change for LGBT as a whole.