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Watch: Rep. Rush Holt Records Video Calling for Immigration Equality, End to Deportations of Binational Gay Couples


Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ), who called on Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to halt deportations of married binational same-sex couples in a letter earlier this month, recorded a video first shown last week at a Princeton University Marriage Equality event in support of Josh Vandiver and Henry Velandia, a married binational couple fighting to stop a deportation that will tear them apart on May 6.

In the video, Holt calls for passage of immigration equality via the Uniting American Families Act, and an end to discriminatory deportations.

"There is no second class in our country, or at least there shouldn't be..."

Watch Holt's excellent video, AFTER THE JUMP...

(via stop the deportations)

Congressman Rush Holt: Stop the DOMA Deportation of Henry Velandia, Save Henry & Josh's Marriage from StopTheDeportations-DOMA Project on Vimeo.


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  1. You might want to correct your post Andy... It's Josh Vandiver (I went to college with him) and Henry Velandia.

    Posted by: Mike Hines | Apr 22, 2011 1:08:54 PM

  2. New Jersey's got one kick-ass congressman here. The people fro NJ should consider themselves very lucky; too many congresspeople just play to their constituents' basest motives and cynically use their own influence against their constituents' real interests. This guy is a great advocate for things real NJ citizens care about (or should).

    And thank you Mr. Holt. bravo. we need more like you.

    Posted by: just_a_guy | Apr 22, 2011 1:24:13 PM

  3. That's my congressman! I'm glad he's actually becoming more progressive publicly despite facing a substantial challenge from a teabagger in the last election.

    Posted by: LetSodomRing | Apr 22, 2011 1:24:49 PM

  4. Brave and conscious gesture. Thank you, Congressman.

    Posted by: MSquare | Apr 22, 2011 1:42:59 PM

  5. Thank you so very much, Rep. Holt.

    Please call his office/ send him an email to thank him for his strong support on this pressing issue that same-sex binational couples face. Thank you!

    Posted by: gayalltheway | Apr 22, 2011 2:31:53 PM

  6. YEAH RUSH HOLT! I'm so proud of all the Princeton students who came out in support of marriage equality!

    Posted by: My Congressman IS a Rocket Scientist! | Apr 22, 2011 4:22:50 PM

  7. Wish this guy would run for President and am glad he is in the US Congress. We need more highly intelligent people like him in the Congress to balance out the dummies. As a Princetonian also, I am really proud of my alma mater here in all that it has done in recent years to forward the cause of gay and lesbian students. I really hope that Henry and Josh are not separated by such a horrific act of injustice.

    Posted by: Anonymous | Apr 23, 2011 8:09:27 AM

  8. Another old white man. When are they all going to die already?! The world will be so much better when they're all gone.


    Sorry, sorry...I couldn't resist.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 23, 2011 5:50:07 PM

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