The White House announced that the Department of Homeland Security will stop deportations of undocumented young people who would have been eligible for the proposed 2010 legislation known as the DREAM Act. The new policy will protect the hard-working young Americans. The move has had a strong response from the LGBT community.
“President Obama’s administration has absolutely taken the right step today in extending the American dream to undocumented youth across this country,” said Robin McGehee, executive director of GetEQUAL. “We’re thrilled that the president has stood with DREAMers across the U.S. today and has finally extended the ‘hope and change’ to them that he promised in 2008. And as the president hosts LGBT advocates at the White House today to celebrate LGBT Pride Month, we call on President Obama to issue the Executive Order that we have been calling for since the beginning of the year—an Executive Order to bar discrimination by federal contractors based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”