Published May, 2017
How Police Entanglement with Immigration Enforcement Puts LGBTQ Lives at Risk, Sharita Gruberg, Center for American Progress (2017)
This report from the Center for American Progress highlights how LGBTQ people and people living with HIV face unique challenges under the dual pressures of immigration enforcement and traditional law enforcement, especially as the Trump administration increases collaboration between the two.
Despite comprising only 4.1 percent of adults in the U.S., LGBTQ people are three times more likely to be incarcerated than the general population. The article explains why housing and employment discrimination, police profiling and discriminatory enforcement of HIV criminal laws and indecency laws, all increase the risk of incarceration of LGBTQ people. Additionally, LGBTQ people who are undocumented immigrants face detention and deportation as a consequence of criminal conviction or interaction with law enforcement. Those who have come to the U.S. to escape persecution in their home country may be at risk of serious violence upon deportation.
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