Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Statement on President Trump’s Executive Order to Ban Immigrants, Refugees from Entering U.S. - Los Angeles LGBT Center

Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Statement on President Trump’s Executive Order to Ban Immigrants, Refugees from Entering U.S.

January 30, 2017
Contact: Gil Diaz

In response to President Trump’s order to ban immigrants and refugees from seven countries from entering the United States, Los Angeles LGBT Center CEO Lorri L. Jean issued the following statement:

“Banning refugees from coming to the U.S. is not only heartless, it’s un-American and clearly unconstitutional. Those who are fleeing violence, persecution and war in their home countries are already the most vetted people who enter the U.S., undergoing background and screening processes that take at least 18 months. Among those who will be particularly harmed by this order are LGBT people in the targeted countries where the current crisis makes it more likely they’ll face persecution, violence and even death because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

“In 2016 more people turned to the Center for immigration and asylum support than any other legal-related issue. The shameful reality of this order is that while it does nothing to enhance the security and safety of our country, it’s likely to result in the loss of innocent lives and to feed the propaganda machine of those who are at war with our country. We expect members of Congress from both parties to stand in opposition to this order and the onslaught of executive orders that harm and further marginalize already marginalized communities.”

Earlier this month, the Center launched 100 Days and Me, a community engagement campaign to protect the health, freedom, and well-being of LGBT people. Visitors to 100DaysAndMe.org will find information about federal legislative and policy threats to LGBT people during the first 100 days of the Trump Administration. They can also register to receive updates and take advantage of resources and tools to respond to actions that would harm LGBT people.

For more information, visit 100DaysAndMe.org.

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Since 1969 the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond. Today the Center's more than 600 employees provide services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world, offering programs, services and global advocacy that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, Leadership and Advocacy. We are an unstoppable force in the fight against bigotry and the struggle to build a better world; a world in which LGBT people can be healthy, equal and complete members of society. Learn more at lalgbtcenter.org.

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