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Statement: The Los Angeles LGBT Center Condemns President Biden’s Executive Order on Immigration

LOS ANGELES, June 4, 2024—In response to President Biden’s executive order that will shut down asylum requests at the southern border starting tonight, Terra Russell-Slavin, Chief Impact Officer for the Los Angeles LGBT Center, issued the following statement: 

“Just days after acknowledging Pride Month, the Biden administration issued an executive order that will restrict people’s right to seek asylum in the United States, which will have a significant impact on the LGBTQ+ community. With language that’s similar to the Trump administration’s playbook, this executive order will greatly endanger countless lives. 

“Every day, the Los Angeles LGBT Center provides legal support to LGBTQ+ people who have fled to the United States as refugees, seeking safety and protection from persecution based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

“The Biden administration cannot have it both ways: They cannot ‘celebrate’ Pride Month while turning their backs on LGBTQ+ individuals who are seeking the rights our movement is based on. We strongly condemn this executive order, and urge the President to immediately reverse this harmful action.”


About the Los Angeles LGBT Center
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 nearly 800 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 thrive as healthy, equal, and complete members of society. Learn more at 

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