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Spotlight Series: HIV Stigma and Discrimination
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Aids Action Denounces HIV Discrimination Contained In Immigration Reform Bill

Statement by Christine Lubinski
Deputy Executive Director

September 24, 1996

AIDS Action Council denounces as blatantly discriminatory, mean-spirited and shameful, provisions included in the pending Immigration Reform bill [H.R. 2202] which would eliminate all publicly funded HIV treatment services for legal immigrants and undocumented individuals. It is truly baffling to AIDS advocates that at a time when the American public has expressed increased anxiety about the spread of HIV disease in this country, the Republican congressional leadership would attempt to legislate federal policy that is counter to sound public health practices. However, that is the type of legislation the House of Representatives will vote on today.

On behalf of people living with HIV and AIDS across the country, and of 1,400 community-based organizations that serve them, AIDS Action Council demands that members of Congress actively oppose the passage of the Immigration Reform bill and, thus, eliminate the threat posed by the HIV provisions that were added to this bill by congressional leaders bent on gaining political points at the expense of human beings and the public health. We also strongly urge that President Clinton use his influence and, if needed, his veto pen, to put an end to an attack against HIV-infected legal immigrants and undocumented individuals. Denying human beings access to life-saving treatment and care does not even come close to addressing the issue of immigration reform.

Founded in 1984, AIDS Action Council is dedicated to defeating the AIDS epidemic and improving the quality of life for HIV-infected Americans. AIDS Action Council represents all people with HIV and AIDS and over 1,400 community-based AIDS organizations that .serve them.

For more information, contact

AIDS Action Council
1875 Connecticut Avenue NW #700
Washington DC 20009
202-986-1300, Ext. 3065
202-986-1345 (fax)
202-332-9614 (tty)


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This article was provided by AIDS Action Council.