Trump Administration Executive Orders Targeting Immigrants and Refugees Hurt All Americans

Family Equality Council Stands in Solidarity with Immigrant and Refugee Communities Facing Discrimination.

January 26, 2017

NEW YORK, N.Y. — President Trump has announced two Executive Orders that are widely anticipated to increase the policing and criminalization of undocumented immigrants in the United States, and block entry to the United States for immigrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers from Muslim-majority countries.

These actions run counter to our fundamental American values and Family Equality Council stands firmly in opposition to efforts to further entrench and legitimize discrimination against immigrants and refugees, whether based on nationality, ethnicity, or religious background.

“Implementing immigration policy based on irrational fear only serves to weaken the United States, and will hurt all communities,” said Stan J. Sloan, CEO of Family Equality Council. “We must also remember that members of the LGBTQ community are persecuted around the world, and identification as LGBTQ is often a factor driving the choice to emigrate to the US, or to seek asylum or claim refugee status. We owe it to the global LGBTQ community, as well as to our families, friends and allies in the US, to stand up in opposition to these regressive actions by the Trump Administration.”

The full text of the Executive Orders is currently available here and here.

About Family Equality Council

Family Equality Council connects, supports, and represents the three million parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer in this country today and their six million children of all ages. We are changing attitudes and policies to ensure that all families are respected, loved, and celebrated — including families with parents who are LGBTQ. We are a community of parents, children, grandparents, grandchildren and unattached youth that reaches across this country. For almost forty years we have raised our children and raised our voices toward fairness for all families. As we look to the next chapter of our work, we are also focused on LGBTQ youth needing families and the two million LGBTQ adults waiting to foster or adopt in our country.