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12 Senators Call on DOJ, DHS to Halt Deportations Involving Married Same-Sex Binational Couples

Senator John Kerry (D-MA) and eleven other senators — Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) — have called on the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security to halt deportations involving same-sex binational couples until legal questions regarding DOMA have been resolved.

Kerry Says the letter:

[W]e ask the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to hold marriage-based immigration petitions in abeyance pending a legislative repeal or a final determination on DOMA litigation.  In addition, we ask DHS to exercise prosecutorial discretion in commencing and prosecuting removal proceedings against married noncitizens that would be otherwise eligible to adjust their status to lawful permanent resident but for DOMA.  We also call upon the Department of Justice to institute a moratorium on orders of removal issued by the immigration courts to married foreign nationals who would be otherwise eligible to adjust their status to lawful permanent resident but for DOMA.

The letter follows a similar request from Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ).

Read the letter, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. Come on Obama, do the right thing. Legally married couples being forcibly separated with deportation by the government is ridiculous and inhumane. Imagine if a straight couple had the same thing happen to them.

    Posted by: Grant | Apr 7, 2011 12:41:16 PM

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  3. Please help us get more signatures to back up this historic stand - "Dear USCIS: Don't Go Back to Denying Green Cards to Loving, Same-Sex Couples"

    Posted by: Amos | Apr 7, 2011 1:25:32 PM

  4. Grant Obama will do the right thing-damn he may be obsess with rules and want to see what the other side has to say-but he will not let this happy. He IS two nationalities ethnically.

    Posted by: Rowan | Apr 7, 2011 2:54:21 PM


    Thery're playing politics, nothing more and nothing less!

    Don't be fooled.

    Posted by: Nanny McBone | Apr 7, 2011 2:54:38 PM

  6. Please contact your congress(wo)man, senator and Secretary Napolitano to stop denying green card applications to married same-sex couples.

    Posted by: MSquare | Apr 7, 2011 3:55:50 PM

  7. Where, among many other, is Dianne Feinstein on this list?

    @Nanny McBone, this issue didn't receive nearly as much attention two years ago. I'm not sure where you're directing your rage now that a group of senators is trying to do the right thing. "Don't be fooled" by what, exactly? Any pro-equality legislation should be welcomed, not scorned.

    Posted by: Paul R | Apr 7, 2011 8:08:44 PM

  8. Ooh, it's something about the gays! Someone might expect you to take a stand. Run, Barbara Mikulski, run!

    Posted by: Toonces | Apr 8, 2011 10:30:12 AM

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