Erickson’s Arizona style immigration law invites reaction from Equals!

The proposed anti-immigrant bill for California similar to that of Arizona by Michael Erickson has devised severe reactions from Equality California.; the Equality California Executive Director Geoff Kors also opposed the bill.

Equality California strongly opposed the bill structured around the “horrifying” bill of Arizona.  He said that such a bill would endanger the dignity of immigrant families. It would tarnish their means of livelihood and serve as means for racial profiling and other indiscrimination. The LGBT individuals i.e. the lesbian, gay, bisexuals and transgender have been targeted earlier. The LGBT immigrants have greater chances of being victimized.

“Equality Beyond Borders: LGBT Inclusive Immigration Reform” was launched by Equality California. The aim behind the launch of this project was to protect the rights, raise awareness and accumulate support for the LGBT illegal immigrants.

Equality California along with other organizations like Power PAC Foundation, the California Alliance Mobilize and the Immigrant Vote will be organizing six workshops to discuss and invent the direction for further action to the situations faced by the LGBT immigrants as well as the bi-national lesbian or gay couples.

According to Gutierrez, the “Dream act” is a unique opportunity by the federal government to confer citizenship to LGBT immigrants who could opt for higher education or be a part of the country’s military pursuits. He further added that passing this bill would be a key factor for the LGBT immigrants to be recognized in the nation. He said that before the Senate passes this legislation they must listen to the worries and the problems faced by the LGBT community. He said that only if individuals could come forward and share their personal experiences and stories right decision could be made.

The planned workshops are to happen in South California. The places also likely to have these workshops would be San Diego County, Coachella Valley, Inland Empire, Los Angeles County and Orange County.

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