LGBT Groups Reject House GOP's KIDS Act

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A coalition of the nation's leading LGBT advocacy organizations criticized a bill being put forward by the House GOP to deal with young people who were brought to the United States illegally as children, calling it "a piece of craven political theater that threatens to tear apart immigrant families." The KIDS Act, which the House of Representatives discussed on Tuesday, also has been skewered by immigration advocacy groups and Spanish-language media for pitting DREAMers against their parents.

"Singling out some immigrant youth for a path to citizenship – while subjecting their families to constant fear of deportation – is as senseless as it is out of step with the American public. It’s time to stop playing politics with people’s lives," according to a statement released Tuesday by the National Center for Lesbian Rights, GLAAD, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, United We Dream and Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project, and the National Center for Transgender Equality.

"The Republicans pushing this misguided legislation are the same politicians who killed the DREAM Act in 2010, opposed deferred action for DREAMers to prevent them from deportation in 2012, and then voted to defund the initiative last month," they write. "It’s time for these politicians to make a choice: either deliver a real solution on immigration and start to rebuild their political brand with the fastest growing demographic in the country, or step further and further away from mainstream Americans with extreme proposals that fall short of a real, long-term solution."