Alex Blaze

Gay immigration bill introduced in House and Senate

Filed By Alex Blaze | May 08, 2007 5:07 PM | comments

Filed in: The Movement
Tags: Jerrold Nadler, legislation, Patrick Leahy, Uniting American Families Act

From the HRC:

Today, Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese and Rachel Tiven, executive director of Immigration Equality, hailed the reintroduction of the Uniting American Families Act. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., will allow citizens and legal residents in same-sex relationships to sponsor their partners for immigration purposes.

One of the fundamental principles of U.S. immigration law is the notion of family unification. Approximately 75 percent of the 1 million green cards or immigrant visas are currently issued to family members of U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Tragically, same-sex couples are not recognized as "families" under U.S. immigration laws, and are unable to sponsor their partners.

"For too long Congress has ignored the heart-wrenching real life consequences this policy has had on same-sex couples in committed, lifelong relationships," said Solmonese. "Thousands of same-sex couples are separated or live in constant fear of being stopped by officials who demand to see documentation and threaten detention."

Well, here we go again. That's three important LGBT bills introduced this past year in the first year of the Democratic Congress, and one passed the House already. A DADT repeal bill is expected, as is a DP benefits bill for federal workers.

I'll get the list of cosponsors for this one up here for this go-around and try to find some interesting fundie voices, because you never know what you're going to hear when you mix heterosexual supremacy, xenophobia, and general hatred of the Democratic Party.

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