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GSC response on move to end DACA

Friday, September 8, 2017

The recent announcement by the federal government to end DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, has a devastating impact to many on campus and in our communities.

The Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life joins others on campus in condemning this decision that will impact millions of people. Over a quarter of a million undocumented immigrants identify as LGBTQIA (Williams Institute, UCLA) and approximately 75,000 are supported by DACA. Many U.S. born LGBTQIA people have family members, partners, children, friends and loved ones that are both documented and undocumented. The ending of DACA will have huge impacts on LGBTQIA communities. According to the Center for American Progress, trans individuals, especially trans women, are disproportionately detained in immigration centers, are often housed in the wrong gender segregated facility, are disproportionately sexual assaulted and harassed, denied life-saving medication, more likely to be put in solitary confinement, and are less likely to win asylum cases if detained. For some LGBTQIA immigrant populations, being forced to return home could lead to social ostracism, violence and even death.

If you or someone you know is in need of support, please contact the campus Immigration Response Team at immigration@umn.edu.

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