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Senate Committee to Hold Hearings on Gay Immigration Bill Tomorrow

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold hearings beginning at 10am tomorrow on the Uniting American Families Act, which seeks to eliminate discrimination in the immigration laws by permitting permanent partners of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents to obtain lawful permanent resident status in the same manner as spouses of citizens and lawful permanent residents:

Tan Immigration Equality: "Wednesday’s hearing will feature Shirley Tan, a Filipina mother of 12-year-old twins from Pacifica, Calif., who is facing deportation despite having been with her partner for 23 years. Though Tan’s children and partner are American citizens, she cannot be sponsored for residency because her partner is female. Unless Congress takes action to pass UAFA, Tan will be forced to return to the Philippines. Joining Tan as a witness will also be Gordon Stewart, a native of Vermont who was forced to sell his family’s farm and relocate to London to be with his partner, who is Brazilian. Stewart, who transferred his job with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals to the United Kingdom, has been welcomed in that country, where his partner received a visa to be with him. Under U.S. immigration law, his partner was unable to join him in the United States, and Stewart was forced to leave his family behind to be with the person he loves. Other witnesses include Julian Bond, chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and attorney Christopher Nugent, who will represent the American Bar Association (ABA)."

I've reposted our January interview with Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), the chief author of the UAFA, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. i have a big crush on julian bond.

    Posted by: voodoolock | Jun 2, 2009 12:30:41 PM

  2. Please don't make us have hope. Is this going anywhere or is it just for show?

    Posted by: GBlad | Jun 2, 2009 12:33:48 PM

  3. GBLAD, UAFA's not going anywhere in Congress this year. But this is a start.

    Meanwhile, the hate crimes bill, which was passed by the House over a month ago and is also the responsibility of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is languishing in the Senate as our allies there try to decide whether to attempt to pass a standalone bill or sneak it in as an attachment to a huge defense appropriations bill.

    Anyone's who's calling senators asking them to move UAFA, please also ask them to support the hate crimes bill. It can be passed and signed this year if the Senate just does its job. UAFA's not gonna get a floor vote this year, but it is good that hearings are underway.

    Posted by: 24play | Jun 2, 2009 1:14:41 PM

  4. Ummmm....according to DOMA, the federal government can't even recognize that we have "permanent partners" -- so how exactly is this going to work?

    As per the previous comment - I think this is just for show until federal civil unions come into play within 5 to 10 years. I hope I'm wrong, because I could really use the green card for my partner.

    Posted by: Trouble Town | Jun 2, 2009 1:34:40 PM

  5. It won't go anywhere. A shame.

    Posted by: Roscoe | Jun 2, 2009 2:04:45 PM

  6. This bill would seriously change my life! I used to be in the USAF but left to be with my partner in the UK. I would just like the option that we could move to the US as a family... hopefully one day.

    Posted by: Michael R | Jun 2, 2009 4:13:40 PM

  7. You know, the House passed both the Matthew Shepard Act and ENDA ages ago. And it has been sitting in the Senate - going nowhere fast - since the beginning of the last session (2007).

    Perhaps the Senate should stop holding meaningless hearings and look inside their inbox once in a while. Or perhaps, more likely, Harry Reid the Mormon is trying to delay this legislation using parliamentary trickery.

    Posted by: John | Jun 2, 2009 4:14:05 PM

  8. I hope it passes as I have many friends who are affected by this horrible and unfair law!!

    Posted by: Steven | Jun 2, 2009 10:05:46 PM

  9. The Un-United States sucks.

    Posted by: Marc C | Jun 2, 2009 11:03:35 PM

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