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Huffington Post piece suggests LGBT should stand with immigrants

Posted on: April 25, 2012

There’s a piece up on the Huffington Post by Iván Espinoza-Madrigal that is worth looking into.  Namely, it discusses how the LGBT community should condemn Arizona’s S.B. 100 and stand with the immigrants in Arizona and elsewhere because of everything that the two communities have in common while struggling for equality. 

 

He writes about commonalities between them,  how many potential immigrants are turned down because they are LGBT.  Until 2003 immigration law considered sodomy a crime of “moral turpitude” and involving conduct that was punishable by deportation.  And howntil 2010 immigration law prohibited people with HIV from even entering the country.  While these bans may be gone, the struggle is still present, especially as long as the government doesn’t recognize same-sex marriages and, thus, doesn’t grant green cards to same-sex couples. 

 

And, just like anti-LGBT laws, immigration laws like SB 1070 do not keep communities safe, they simply keep vulnerable populations in the shadows.  As Madrigal explains, just like the fear of detention and deportation keeps immigrants from reporting crimes, just as members of the LGBT community often don’t report abuse fear of being marginalized. 

 

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