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GMHC Statement on DACA

9.6.2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Cub Barrett | 212-367-1561 | cubb@gmhc.org

New York, NY—GMHC (Gay Men’s Health Crisis) joins former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden in expressing our disappointment with the current administration’s decision to rescind DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

 “To punish young people who know no country other than the United States by deporting them to countries to which they have no connection, simply because their parents brought them to the U.S. when they were small children, is both cruel and against the American values our country stands for,” said Kelsey Louie, CEO of GMHC.

 “At GMHC, we stand with Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) as they call on Congress to pass the DREAM Act to grant young ‘Dreamers’ a path to quick citizenship in exchange for serving in the military, working lawfully for at least three years, or enrolling in higher education. This win-win solution is the only fair path forward to resolving this unfortunate situation.”

 

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About Gay Men's Health Crisis: Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) is the world's first HIV/AIDS service organization. GMHC is on the front lines providing services to over 12,000 people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Programs include: testing, prevention, nutrition, legal, supportive housing, mental health and substance use services. GMHC also advocates for stronger public policies at the local, state and federal levels with the goal of ending AIDS as an epidemic. For more information, visit  www.gmhc.org.