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Equality California Blasts Trump’s ‘Make America White Again’ Agenda
Planned Immigration Raids and ‘Citizenship’ Executive Order Are Attacks on LGBTQ Californians and Our Families
July 11, 2019 at 3:34 pm

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 11, 2019

CONTACT: Beatriz Valenzuela, Equality California
PHONE: (323) 848-9801/MOBILE: (760) 265-4952/EMAIL: press@eqca.org

WASHINGTON — After current and former homeland security officials confirmed to the New York Times that the agency plans to conduct nationwide raids targeting immigrant families on Sunday, President Trump announced Thursday afternoon that he has instructed federal agencies to use existing databases to provide the Commerce Department with information on the number of citizens and non-citizens throughout the country. The president’s executive action follows a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court blocking the question from being added, confirmation by the Department of Justice that the U.S. Census Bureau would begin printing questionnaires without the question and two separate U.S. District Court rulings that the Department of Justice could not assign new lawyers to the case brought by New York and California challenging the question.

Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization, released the following statement from Executive Director Rick Zbur:

“These blatant attacks on our immigrant communities are racist, ruthless and reprehensible. As Speaker Pelosi said, they are part of this Administration’s attempt to ‘Make America White Again,’ and we will not stand idly by as the president attacks our families or our democracy. Immigrant rights are LGBTQ rights, and LGBTQ rights are immigrant rights.

“We will fight for the America we believe in — an America that doesn’t rip children from their parents or lock them in cages, an America that celebrates our diversity rather than deriding it and an America that tells everyone that they count, regardless of the color of their skin or where they were born.”

BACKGROUND: ICE RAIDS 
Informed Immigrant offers a compilation of resources for undocumented immigrants and members of immigrant communities (in English and in Spanish) to understand their legal rights and what to do in the event of a raid by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Informed Immigrant’s website also features tool to search for local legal and other service organizations. United We Dream has created an app, Notifica, to connect members of immigrant communities to local resources and support and to notify friends and family in the event of a raid. 

BACKGROUND: CITIZENSHIP QUESTION 
If the Administration had added a citizenship question to the 2020 census, U.S. Census Bureau experts estimated 6.5 million people living in the United States might not be counted. An undercount caused by the inclusion of an untested and unnecessary citizenship question would have had devastating effects on California, which has the highest immigrant population in the country, and on the LGBTQ community in particular, which has been designated as a “hard to count population” by both the U.S. Census Bureau and the California Complete Count Office.   

LGBTQ people are also more likely to live in poverty, experience homelessness and food insecurity and thus rely on social programs for which census data determines levels of federal funding, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) commonly known as “food stamps.”

The California Complete Count Office has awarded Equality California Institute a $400,000 grant to lead a statewide outreach effort to encourage LGBTQ Californians to participate in the 2020 census. 

 

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Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. We bring the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. www.eqca.org


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