Young LGBT immigrants face additional hurdles with end of DACA

LasVegasSun.com | 8/15/2017 | Yvonne Gonzalez
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Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto addresses the crowd gathered during an event to talk about the 5th anniversary of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) on Tuesday, August 15, 2017.

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Advocates pushing for an unaltered Dream Act to protect young immigrants are warning of the discrimination that some in the LGBT community would face if they were deported.

The sunsetting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has enrolled 12,000-13,000 Nevada residents, including a rough estimate of 577 members of the LGBT community. Same-sex marriage is either illegal or unrecognized in four out of the top five origin countries for DACA enrollees, and advocates say they could face additional dangers in the detention process while they await deportation.

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Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., joined immigrant and LGBT supporters on a call Wednesday to push for votes on clean versions of the Dream Act that have been proposed in both the House and Senate. The House version has 200 cosponsors.

The White House, after signaling a willingness to work with Democrats to protect Dreamers who would lose DACA protection, announced last weekend that it wants any immigration reform to include a border wall, among many other demands. President Donald Trump’s administration also wants the ability to detain those who are eligible for deportation beyond 180 days, the current legal limit in cases where deportation is unlikely.

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“Correcting judicial interpretations that have eroded Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s authority to keep aliens in custody pending removal, and making detentions mandatory for criminal aliens, will end the practice of catch-and-release and improve community safety,” the White House said.

Cortez Masto, one of nine cosponsors on the Senate’s version of the Dream Act, said deporting Dreamers who identify as LGBT would put their lives in danger.

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“For our Dreamers who identify as LGBTQ, they could face the harshest...
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