The immigration system in the United States is broken. That statement rings true to people of all political affiliations. While the process and how it is administered hurts many individuals and families, LGBTQ+ people are negatively impacted in very specific ways. LGBTQ+ people are often seeking asylum due to persecution or violence against them in their native countries. Having often been rejected by their families, they lack the support structures many immigrants are able to lean on. They may also be denied assistance from community organizations who refuse to serve LGBTQ+ people. In 2018, the Center for American Progress published a helpful and comprehensive overview of these issues.
Therefore, NEAT is proud to join more than 170 of the nation’s leading immigration and advocacy organizations in releasing the 2021 Immigration Action Plan. Led by Immigration Hub and America’s Voice, the Plan clearly outlines 10 points that should drive policy and programmatic overhauls of the system. The Plan focuses on humanitarian rights, rebuilding the economy, and moving beyond the racism and damage of the current administration and its predecessors.
Ten Actions to Transform and Modernize America’s Immigration System
Action 1: Prioritize Equity and Harm Reduction in the Immigration System.
Action 2: End the Anti-Black and Discriminatory Targeting of Certain U.S. Citizens and Immigrants.
Action 3: Rebuild the U.S. Economy.
Action 4: Re-envision Leadership in the Next Administration.
Action 5: Decriminalize Immigration.
Action 6: Protect Immigrant Children, Families and Their Communities.
Action 7: Phase Out Immigration Jails and Fund Community-Based Case Management Programs.
Action 8: Establish Thriving, Rights-Respecting Borders.
Action 9: Reimagine the Role of the Immigration Courts.
Action 10: Restore the Right to Seek and Receive Protection from Persecution, Torture, and Other Serious
Human Rights Violations.