September 5, 2017 — Today, the Trump administration announced a reversal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, through which hundreds of thousands of immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children trusted the government with their information under the promise they would not be deported. Kris Hayashi, executive director of Transgender Law Center, the largest trans-led organization in the country, issued the following statement in response:
“This is yet another unnecessary, cruel attack from the Trump administration that will devastate millions of families and communities across the country, including many transgender people who have only ever known the U.S. as home. At a time when the U.S. is raiding homes, militarizing the border, holding transgender people in abusive detention conditions, and denying asylum for transgender women who fear murder and persecution should they be sent back, this reversal is another act of violence adding to a climate of fear for our communities.
Transgender Law Center encourages transgender and gender nonconforming DACA recipients to contact our Trans Immigration Defense Effort (TIDE) to explore other forms of relief that might be available. We will continue working closely with our immigration partners – including National Immigration Justice Center, Institute Legal de Nuevo Mexico, Somos un Pueblo, Mijente, Juntos, Latino Advocacy, Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, Puente, Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, Mariposas Sin Fronteras, El/La para Translatinas, and Southerners on New Ground (SONG) – to protect and defend all immigrants. Transgender Law Center remains committed to opposing any attack by this administration, no matter what form it takes, that puts transgender lives at risk.”
Transgender immigrants seeking other avenues for relief, and attorneys interested in supporting transgender immigrants pro bono, should contact Transgender Law Center’s TIDE program here: https://transgenderlawcenter.org/programs/tide.
Transgender Law Center is the largest national organization dedicated to advancing the rights of transgender and gender nonconforming people through litigation, policy advocacy, and public education. TLC changes law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.www.transgenderlawcenter.org