By Amos Lim
The New York Times reported on Nov 13th, 2009, that White House will start the push for Immigration Reform early next year (White House to Begin Push on Immigration Overhaul in 2010).
At a rally in DC in October, Congressman Gutierrez outlined some of the core principles that he wants to incorporate in his immigration bill. One of the core principles he mentioned is "Family unity as a cornerstone of our immigration system".
We have no indication whether LGBT Families will be included in the comprehensive immigration reform bill that will be introduced, but we do know that Senator Charles Schumer and Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren are responsible for putting the bill together.
We need your help to continue to keep the pressure up and let Congress know that it is VERY important to include ALL families in their bills for a comprehensive immigration bill to be truly comprehensive.
To quote Congressman Gutierrez, "We simply cannot wait any longer for a bill that keeps our families together, protects our workers and allows a pathway to legalization for those who have earned it. It is time we had a workable plan making its way through Congress that recognizes the vast contributions of immigrants to this country and that honors the American Dream."
We need Congress to remember Congressman Gutierrez's statement and keep ALL our families together. It is wrong that LGBT binational couples are forced to choose between love and country! It is wrong to force our LGBT citizens to live in exile just so that they can be with their partners. Congress needs to stand up for ALL families and make sure that LGBT families are included in their immigration reform bill.
Please click through to change.org and sign the petition urging Sen Schumer and Rep Lofgren to include LGBT families in their Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bills.