New U.S. Immigration Policy to Give Relief to DREAMers (Undocumented Youth); Many LGBT Youth to be Affected

(New York) The White House today announced that the United States Department of Homeland Security has issued an announcement that it will stop deportations of and grant work permits to undocumented young people who would have been eligible for the proposed 2010 legislation known as the DREAM Act.

Jessica Stern, Acting Executive Director, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission said:

"Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and President Obama have taken an important step forward in immigration policy. They have recognized the realities of young people whose lives will be improved by this new policy and are bringing good governance to bear.

This change has come about through the hard work of young activists who have fought for the DREAM Act over the past 10 years, many of whom are lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender people.

We salute these 'DREAMers' who, like LGBT human rights defenders the world over, have accomplished this important advance through taking a great deal of risk, at times placing themselves in harm’s way, and through persistent organizing and bold action."

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The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), founded in 1990, is a leading international human rights organization dedicated to improving the lives of people who experience discrimination or abuse on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. We are dedicated to strengthening the capacity of the LGBT human rights movement worldwide to conduct documentation of LGBT human rights violations and by engaging in human rights advocacy with partners around the globe. We work with the United Nations, regional human rights monitoring bodies and civil society partners. IGLHRC holds consultative status at the United Nations as a recognized Non-Governmental Organization representing the concerns and human rights of lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender people worldwide. For more information about the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission visit: www.iglhrc.org.