Feb 26, 2019
There is a great deal of anti-immigrant sentiment in the US right now, even among some in the queer community. But the fact is, the LGBTQ and immigrant communities have a lot in common. And if you happen to be both LGBTQ AND an immigrant, deportation back to a country where homosexuality isn’t tolerated can be a death sentence. Having the financial resources to fight for your rights is crucial for any marginalized community, but how does an immigrant learn to navigate our complex financial systems? Adina is an immigration attorney and personal finance blogger at Immigrant Finance, a platform that makes it easier for immigrants to develop stability, build wealth and thrive in a new country. When Adina’s husband moved to the US in 2013, they struggled to find information on simple things like opening a bank account or signing up for a fist-time credit card, and they created Immigrant Finance to share their years of research with others. Adina has been named one of Forbes 30 Under 30, and she is both a Fulbright Scholar and the winner of an Equal Justice Works fellowship. Today, Adina joins us to discuss the commonalities between the immigrant and LGBTQ communities. She describes the experience of being an immigrant to the US, offering insight around their money mindset and the challenge of navigating our complex financial systems. Adina explains why many immigrants distrust banks and what couples with one immigrant partner can do to prepare financially. Listen in for insight on the repeal of DOMA and its impact on immigration and learn how the immigrant and LGBTQ communities can work together for equal rights!