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LGBTQ+ groups weigh in

75,000 queers affected by DACA?


With President Donald Trump deciding to end the Obama-era program that grants work permits to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country as children, LGBT groups are weighing in on the announcement. The program is known as DACA - Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

There are an estimated 800,000 individuals currently protected from deportation under DACA. About 75,000 are thought to be LGBT individuals, according to the Family Equality Council which opposes the decision.

Rea Carey, Executive Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force said: “The Task Force strongly condemns President Trump’s action to end the dreams of 800,000 young immigrants through his decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

"This decision is not only unconscionable, it flies in the face of wide bi-partisan support as well as the backing of business leaders, educators, and millions of Americans who fully support DACA and all that it represents for American immigrants.

"As a reality TV star, Trump purported to make people’s dreams come true. As President, he seems intent only on crushing the dreams of hundreds of thousands of young people and hurting families who want to remain in the U.S., obtain work permits and contribute to the diversity that does, in fact, make this country great."