WASHINGTON, DC, November 5, 2014 — The National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund, the nation’s oldest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) advocacy organization, is disappointed with the repeal of an Oregon state law that would have made it possible for people to apply for a driver card regardless of their immigration status.
“We are extremely disappointed with the failure of Measure 88, which as a result has stripped undocumented immigrants from a basic human right.
“Without a driver’s card, undocumented immigrants cannot perform the most basic tasks in life such as purchasing cough medicine, filling a prescription, getting married, opening a bank account, or visiting family members in a different state.
“There are over 260 thousand hardworking undocumented LGBTQ immigrants living in the United States without a pathway to citizenship who simply want a shot at the American Dream.
“The National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund worked with the Safe Roads campaign and Oregon volunteers on the ground and we will continue to push for Congress to pass fair immigration reform.”
— Rev. Darlene Nipper, National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund Deputy Executive Director.
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