A number of new co-sponsors have signed onto the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA) in the past month and a half. Since the bill was reintroduced in Congress on April 14, 10 new co-sponsors have added their names in the House and 2 more have come on board in the Senate. This brings cosponsor totals to 112 in the House and 21 in the Senate.
Rep Cummings, Elijah E. [MD-7] - 5/5/2011
Rep Michaud, Michael H. [ME-2] - 5/5/2011
Rep Ryan, Tim [OH-17] - 5/5/2011
Rep McCarthy, Carolyn [NY-4] - 5/5/2011
Rep Sherman, Brad [CA-27] - 5/5/2011
Rep Fattah, Chaka [PA-2] - 5/13/2011
Rep Tierney, John F. [MA-6] - 5/13/2011
Rep Scott, Robert C. "Bobby" [VA-3] - 5/26/2011
Rep Higgins, Brian [NY-27] - 6/14/2011
Rep Markey, Edward J. [MA-7] - 6/14/2011
Sen Brown, Sherrod [OH] - 5/2/2011
Sen Udall, Mark [CO] - 6/7/2011
While lots of our work and attention has been focused on stopping the deportations of the foreign spouses of Americans and asking the Obama Administration to clarify DOMA's unconstitutionality in regard to "spouse" or "fiancee" visas and green cards, we can still continue to raise awareness and bring more legislators on board with UAFA as well as the Reuniting Families Act (RFA).
To check and see if your representative has signed onto this legislation, visit the Library of Congress Thomas website: UAFA and RFA.
If they have already co-sponsored, call their office to thank them, but let the person who answers the phone know that there is lots more work to do. If they have not sponsored this legislation yet - ask them to please do so.
Anyone in a same-sex binational relationship who is so able, should meet with their Representatives (or aides at their local in-state office) to tell your story. Out4Immigration can coach you beforehand and make sure you bring the right materials to illustrate your story and the current status of same-sex binational couples in the US. Contact us at email@example.com.