by Amos Lim
NY Times just published a story today indicating that a Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) bill is pending. Out4Immigration has been working very hard to work with other immigrant communities/organizations on this issue.
I urge all you readers to step up the pressure and call your representatives/senators to make sure that when Families are mentioned in the bill, it will include LGBT Families.
This is very important because right now a LGBT American does not have any rights to sponsor his non-citizen partner for a green card! We need to address this problem by either passing the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA) or make sure that the language of UAFA is included into the CIR bill.
Our community needs to make sure that we are not thrown under the bus when CIR is considered!
To quote Rep Luiz Gutierrez in the article - "There is never a wrong time for us,” he said. “Families are being divided and destroyed, and they need help now.”
Lots of families like the Tan/Mercardo and Coco/Olivera will no longer be separated or face the threat of deportation if the American has the rights to sponsor his partner/spouse for a green card.
By JULIA PRESTON Published: April 8, 2009
While acknowledging that the recession makes the political battle more difficult, President Obama plans to begin addressing the country’s immigration system this year, including looking for a path for illegal immigrants to become legal, a senior administration official said on Wednesday. Mr. Obama will frame the new effort — likely to rouse passions on all sides of the highly divisive issue — as “policy reform that controls immigration and makes it an orderly system,” said the official, Cecilia Muñoz, deputy assistant to the president and director of intergovernmental affairs in the White House.