Thursday, August 06, 2009

Ask Sen. Schumer to Include UAFA in Comprehensive Immigration Reform

by Kathy Drasky

Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) is writing a comprehensive immigration reform bill before Labor Day.

It is critical that this legislation includes the Uniting American Families Act and thus includes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families. We must get this message to Senator Schumer as soon as possible. The suffering of our families must end!

Listed below is the Judiciary Staffer to contact via email, along with a letter that can be sent directly to Sen. Schumer's office.

If you are in New York - be sure to include your address so they know a constituent is weighing in on this - AND send it to any family or friends in NY that would be willing to help.

Take action now to ensure we are a part this bill!

The Honorable Charles E. Schumer
313 Hart Senate Office Building
District of Columbia 20510-3203
Phone: (202) 224-6542
Fax: (202) 228-3027

Staffer to contact: Ms. Stephanie Martz
stephanie_martz@judiciary-dem.senate. gov

Letter to send:

Dear Ms. Martz,

I am writing to thank Senator Schumer for his cosponsorship and vocal support of the Uniting American Families Act (S 424) and to urge him to include the Uniting American Families Act (and thus LGBT families) in the comprehensive immigration reform legislation he is currently writing.

Under the current discriminatory immigration laws, tens of thousands of lesbian and gay Americans have to choose between leaving the country, family, and jobs they love or having their family torn apart. The suffering of binational families in our country must end.

Comprehensive immigration reform will not be comprehensive unless all families are part of it (including gay and lesbian families).

If lesbian and gay Americans and their families are excluded from comprehensive immigration reform, it will take years - possibly decades - to fix the terrible discrimination that these families now face.

Thank you for your time in this important matter.


(Your Name)

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