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posted Friday, October 11 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 41
Toward justice for all - Transgender activists join call for humane immigration reform
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Toward justice for all - Transgender activists join call for humane immigration reform

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) joined dozens of labor and immigrants' rights organizations October 4 in calling for commonsense immigration reform. On the heels of the House introduction of an immigration bill, NCTE issued a new report outlining the barriers and harms Transgender immigrants face while navigating the U.S. immigration system.

On the significance of the House immigration reform proposal, NCTE Executive Director Mara Keisling said, 'Immigration reform is important to Transgender people because many Transgender people are undocumented, but that's really only part of its significance. We need reform because people are hurting without it, and in our country we stand together to stop that. All people, including undocumented immigrants, deserve dignity and respect, and we're proud to join national advocates in a unified call for immediate relief to every undocumented person struggling to make ends meet, care for their families, and contribute to our communities.'

The new report, 'Our Moment for Reform: Transgender People and Immigration,' identifies four key challenges facing Transgender immigrants:

o Employment Insecurity: Undocumented Transgender people are severely limited by living in the dual shadows of transphobia and their undocumented status. They are often unable to obtain legally authorized work in the U.S., and face exploitation when they do manage to find employment. The National Transgender Discrimination Survey found that 39% of undocumented Transgender people had lost jobs due to bias compared to U.S. citizens (26%).

o Income and Housing Insecurity: Employment insecurity results in high levels of poverty and homelessness among undocumented Transgender people. Despite being more likely to have a college-level education, undocumented Transgender people are far more likely than Transgender U.S. citizens to live in poverty, and many more times as likely as the general population to live on less than $10,000 a year. Income insecurity paired with anti-Transgender bias has resulted in over one in five undocumented Transgender people (21%) having being evicted at least once due to bias, twice the rate reported among all Transgender people.

o Lack of Health Care Access: Like their non-Transgender counterparts, undocumented Transgender immigrants experience a high rate (36%) of being uninsured. This is more than twice the rate of the general population. Like all Transgender people, undocumented Transgender people who can obtain insurance coverage regularly face discrimination in the scope of their coverage. Four percent of undocumented Transgender people report having experienced physical assault in a medical setting, twice the rate of the overall sample.

o Creating a Pathway to Citizenship: Of the 267,000 undocumented LGBT people living in the U.S. today, an estimated 20,000 to 50,000 are Transgender. For Transgender and non-Transgender immigrants alike, a pathway to citizenship would provide legal certainty that they will not be deported or separated from their families and communities, while improving their ability to earn a living and continue contributing to society.

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Harper Jean Tobin, NCTE's director of policy and co-author of the report, said, 'I wanted to write this report because of the horrific stories of Transgender undocumented people out there. I think about Johanna, for example, who is a survivor of three sexual assaults. The first attack led her to seek asylum in the U.S. But when she missed a one-year filing deadline, she fell out of legal status, which led to her arrest. Without a lawyer to help her, and faced with suffering indefinitely in immigration detention, she resigned herself to deportation.'

Tobin added, 'Johanna's experience is a too-frequent occurrence for undocumented Transgender people and we must bring our immigration laws in line with our country's basic sense of dignity and respect for all people.'

The report also identifies key failings in our current immigration system that can have especially harsh effects on Transgender immigrants and their loved ones. Many Transgender people come to the U.S. fleeing violence and persecution because of who they are. Most are unaware that it is possible to seek asylum based on their Transgender status and find their claims blocked by an arbitrary one-year filing deadline. Many are eventually swept into immigration detention for months, without access to legal counsel. Transgender detainees face high rates of abuse in detention, yet often the only response is to automatically place them in indefinite solitary confinement - which, medical experts say, is yet another form of abuse. The report calls for commonsense reforms that address these problems and that limit, rather than expand, our already massive, costly, and unnecessary use of detention.

For the full report and other information, visit NCTE's website, http://transequality.org.

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