LGBT Rights and Immigration Reform: Is the Movement Fractured?
By Karen Ocamb
May 14, 2015
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton surprised political observers during a presidential campaign stop in Nevada when she suddenly veered into clearly liberal territory. Meeting with students in Las Vegas on May 5, Cinco de Mayo, the Democratic frontrunner aggressively pushed comprehensive immigration reform and promised to go further than President Obama in issuing executive orders to block the deportation of up to 5 million undocumented immigrants.
Clinton also used language that suggests she understands the intersectionality between LGBT and immigrant issues, something LGBT immigration advocates in Los Angeles find lacking in their traditional leaders, as exposed by the separate May Day marches and rallies on May 1 in L.A. and West Hollywood.
Much of the leadership of the DREAMers movement—young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children—is LGBT, and that leadership is driving the movement for comprehensive immigration reform. But Obama’s executive orders, which gave some administrative relief to the young undocumented immigrants, has been stalled by a court challenge brought by Texas and 25 other states
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