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Immigration News

June 8, 2016

MA Policy on State PD Enforcing Fed Immigration Policy Would Negatively Impact LGBTQ Immigrants

Statement of Janson Wu, Executive Director, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s announcement that he will authorize state police to engage in federal immigration enforcement raises particular concerns for the LGBTQ community.  Janson Wu, Executive Director of …

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August 24, 2015

Advocates Condemn Plan to Detain Transgender Women at Adelanto

New York, NY —  Today, over 100 national and local LGBTQ, immigrant, and civil rights organizations urged President Obama to stop Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from considering the Adelanto Detention Facility as a center to detain transgender immigrants.

The Adelanto Detention Facility …

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November 21, 2014

President Obama’s Executive Order on Immigration

Statement of GLAD Deputy Director Janson Wu:

The Executive Order is a historic step forward for immigrants living in the United States. We welcome the opening this provides to millions who will now be able to live and work in dignity and without the fear of deportation. But we are deeply concerned …

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September 16, 2014

Ugandan Gay Activist John “Longjones” Abdallah Wambere Granted Asylum in United States

John “Longjones” Abdallah Wambere, a prominent Ugandan gay activist for over 17 years, has been recommended for asylum in the United States. In a letter dated September 11, 2014, the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services informed Wambere that his application was recommended for approval, pending a …

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June 1, 2014

Ugandan LGBTI Activist John Abdallah Wambere Makes Difficult Decision to Seek Asylum in the U.S.

In recent years, the LGBTI community in Uganda has been under escalating political attack, culminating in the 2014 Anti-Homosexuality Act, which was signed into law on February 24.  That same day, half-way across the world, John Abdallah Wambere’s phone started buzzing relentlessly.  Wambere was in …

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May 6, 2014

Seeking Asylum for Ugandan LGBTI Activist John Abdallah Wambere

This morning GLAD filed an application for asylum on behalf of John Abdallah Wambere, a prominent Ugandan gay activist. You may be familiar with John’s work, as he has been featured in the documentaries Call me Kuchu and Missionaries of Hate.

John was in Massachusetts raising visibility for his …

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September 3, 2013

Introducing GLAD Answers: Our Updated Legal Information Line

GLAD today unveiled “GLAD Answers”, an updated version of our venerable Legal InfoLine. GLAD Answers is an information and referral service that GLAD has run since our inception, in recent years receiving more than 2,000 inquiries annually from LGBT people and people living with HIV.

The new …

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August 2, 2013

Secretary of State Kerry Announcement on Visa Applications for Same-Sex Spouses

On August 2, 2013 Secretary of State John Kerry announced that: "Effective immediately, when same-sex spouses apply for a visa, the Department of State will consider that application in the same manner that it will consider the application of opposite-sex spouses." Read the full announcement.

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February 20, 2013

Special Fund Helps LGBT Dreamers Get Work Permits and Relief from Deportation

Nearly 200 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) undocumented young people have either received or are in the process of receiving two-year work permits and reprieves

from the threat of deportation, thanks to a fund made possible by over three-dozen LGBT organizations. GLAD is proud to …

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April 30, 2008

GLAD Joins Amicus Brief in Immigration/Asylum Case

GLAD has joined an amicus brief in an immigration/asylum case at the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit authored by Attorney Ilana Greenstein and the law firm of Kaplan, O’Sullivan & Friedman LLP on behalf of GLAD and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers’ Guild. The …

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