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On Volatile Day, Immigration Activists Descend on Varick Street ICE Office

On Volatile Day, Immigration Activists Descend on Varick Street ICE Office

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO, REPORTING BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Even as congressional leaders scrambled Thursday to forge an agreement on the fate of roughly 800,000 Dreamers, federal agents in Manhattan from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detained a leading immigration rights advocate, Ravi Ragbir, as he did a routine check-in with government officials. When […]

“The Most Anti-LGBT Platform” Ever

“The Most Anti-LGBT Platform” Ever

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a year when the Human Rights Campaign argues, “The Trump-Pence ticket is the gravest threat the LGBTQ community has ever faced in a presidential election,” even the Log Cabin Republicans, who for decades have struggled to make lemonade out of the lemons in front of them, declared the platform adopted at […]

Why the Transgender Community Needs Immigration Reform

Why the Transgender Community Needs Immigration Reform

BY JOHANNA VASQUEZ | Growing up transgender in El Salvador, I lived in fear for my safety and, at times, my life. Neighbors and classmates taunted me relentlessly and beat me up because of my gender identity. When I was 16 years old, I was assaulted and brutally gang-raped by seven men. During the attack, they […]

Standing Side-By-Side for Comprehensive Reform

BY KARINA CLAUDIO BETANCOURT AND NATHAN SCHAEFER | Johanna Vasquez was stopped by the police two years ago while waiting for a cab in Queens. Transgender and undocumented, Johanna was taken to an all-male detention center for a year where she was harassed and physically assaulted. With the help of legal services, Johanna successfully fought the […]

Schumer, LGBT Critics Agree Senate Floor Immigration Amendment Possible

Schumer, LGBT Critics Agree Senate Floor Immigration Amendment Possible

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | A week after the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance a comprehensive immigration reform bill to the floor without approving an amendment to provide relief to same-sex binational couples, both LGBT rights advocates and a top Democrat who disappointed them vowed to continue the fight during the full Senate’s debate. “We are […]

LGBT Advocates Wary as Senate Immigration Mark-Up Begins

LGBT Advocates Wary as Senate Immigration Mark-Up Begins

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As debate over immigration reform moves center stage in the US Senate — with the Judiciary Committee beginning mark-up this week of a comprehensive bill developed by a bipartisan group dubbed the Gang of Eight — advocates for couples in which one member is not an American citizen remain concerned they could […]

Advocates Remain Wary About Same-Sex Couples’ Prospects in Immigration Reform

Advocates Remain Wary About Same-Sex Couples’ Prospects in Immigration Reform

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As debate over immigration reform moves center stage in the US Senate –– with the Judiciary Committee holding hearings and more than 50 binational same-sex families descending on Capitol Hill this week for visits with 150 members of Congress –– advocates for couples in which one member is not an American citizen […]

Don’t Put LGBTQ Immigrants Back in the Closet

Don’t Put LGBTQ Immigrants Back in the Closet

BY DANIEL DROMM AND ANA MARÍA ARCHILA | In recent weeks, two issues have dominated the news: same-sex marriage and immigration reform. Too often, the media and politicians present these topics as separate human rights struggles. In truth, they are intimately linked to one another, and the fight for comprehensive immigration reform offers a critical opportunity for […]

Immigration Advocates Warn Against ‘Watering Down’ Reform

Immigration Advocates Warn Against ‘Watering Down’ Reform

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In response to a January 28 memorandum from eight US senators of both parties who are taking the lead on immigration reform, a number of local and national advocacy groups held a Manhattan press conference to voice fears about the risk of “watering down” what they described as the push for “real […]

Leadership on Immigration Reform

Leadership on Immigration Reform

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | President Barack Obama, on January 29, did what a bipartisan group of US senators failed to do the day before. He included equality for same-sex couples in the immigration reform framework he released. In a 2,200-word-plus “fact sheet” released by the White House in tandem with a major address the president delivered […]

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