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.
Other resources include:
- Our office: The Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life (firstname.lastname@example.org);
- Navigate MN;
- the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAc); and
- the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota
- For Staff and Faculty: What to do if Federal Law Enforcement Agents come to your office
- Know Your Rights handouts available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, Arabic, Haitian Creole, and Punjabi