As Trump Attacks DACA, Here Are 3 Ways You Can Stand With Undocumented Youth

An estimed 75,000 LGBT Dreamers are at risk of deportation.

Donald Trump may reverse President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which grants undocumented minors under the age of 16 protections from immediate deportation, as well as the ability to go to school and work.

Deferred action does not provide lawful status, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, but it does offer protection to nearly 800,000 Dreamers who may be yanked out of school or work. (The Williams Institute reports that estimated 75,000 of Dreamers are LGBT.)

How can you help fight Trump’s attempts at dismantling DACA?

1. Join HRC and Stand #WithDreamers

HRC has united hundreds of politicians and civil-rights organizations in support of DACA. Urge your local officials to add their signatures, and share the letter on social media, using the hashtag #WithDreamers.

2. Support Immigration Equality

The nation’s leading LGBT immigration group defends people from around the world fleeing violence, abuse, and persecution, because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status.

Immigration Equality provides extensive literature on how to fight against the Trump administration and an impending DACA repeal.

A donation will help IE provide free expert legal services to those affected by the repeal.

3. Utilize Lamda Legal

Lambda Legal has a comprehensive list of nonprofits that support LGBT immigrants and young people, many of which focus specifically on the trans community. Review the list and find one (or more) you’d like to support.

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