Last month, the Senate failed to pass the defense authorization bill for the first time in 48 years. This was the result of a filibuster led by Republicans and backed by two Democrats.

Senators’ main argument against the bill was that two amendments, the DREAM Act and a repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, were “extraneous” and had nothing to do with defense. Clearly, they misunderstand the meaning of the word. Repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell would allow gays and lesbians to serve openly and honestly in the military.

And the DREAM Act would allow undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children, graduated from U.S. high schools, and have no criminal record to earn legal status by serving in the military or attending a four-year university.

Unlike our elected officials whose rhetoric often aims to divide, these groups recognize that immigrant rights and LGBTQ rights are closely connected. Both groups are scapegoated, face multiple forms of discrimination, and are denied basic human rights and protections under our nation’s laws.

While politicians continue to play games with their lives, undocumented and LGBTQ communities are reaching out and supporting each other in their fight for justice for all. Click here to read their recently released unity statement.

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