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Watch: Thomas Roberts Talks to Married Binational Same-Sex Couple Facing Deportation Hearing May 6


Thomas Roberts spoke with Josh Vandiver and Henry Velandia, a married binational same-sex couple facing a deportation hearing on May 6 about the need for immigration equality legislation and a stop to these kinds of deportations.


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  1. What a terrible situation. I think it is awful, criminal (I know, it is legal, but the law needs to be changed!) if Henry will be deported.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Apr 28, 2011 1:47:05 PM

  2. Secretary Napolitano, we need you to act NOW.

    Posted by: MSquare | Apr 28, 2011 2:22:13 PM

  3. Thank you for your coverage Thomas!

    Posted by: Matt | Apr 28, 2011 2:23:50 PM

  4. There are thousands of us in this situation-thankfully this is getting some more attention. The President and Napolitano could and should stop all deportations of binational couples until DOMA is resolved.

    Posted by: FAEN | Apr 28, 2011 2:43:07 PM

  5. Same story with me and my boyfriend! Only he's not being deported, we're just victims of a broken system.

    Posted by: gregory | Apr 28, 2011 2:49:20 PM

  6. So glad MSBNC gave Thomas Roberts the 11am (ET) hour anchor slot. He features gay-oriented segments on almost every news cycle.

    Posted by: Philo | Apr 28, 2011 2:58:39 PM

  7. @Gregory-stay strong man. We will prevail.

    Posted by: FAEN | Apr 28, 2011 3:13:30 PM

  8. Does anyone have Roberts msnbc e-mail addy?

    Posted by: FAEN | Apr 28, 2011 3:14:14 PM

  9. On twitter at least:

    Posted by: Philo | Apr 28, 2011 3:39:10 PM

  10. Technical Question:

    If they were to go to Vermont, get remarried, and then live there...could he still be deported?

    I would explore every avenue were I they.

    Posted by: Rin | Apr 28, 2011 4:07:13 PM

  11. @Rin-Unfortunately for binational couples it makes no difference where youre married as immigration is one of the 1049(give or take)Federal laws that come with Federal marriage. Ergo until either DOMA is repealed or the much needed Uniting American Families Act is passed, yes,he can still be deported. Too many of our partners are.

    Posted by: FAEN | Apr 28, 2011 4:48:22 PM

  12. @Philo-Thank you.

    Posted by: FAEN | Apr 28, 2011 4:48:52 PM

  13. @FAEN

    thanks. :(

    I was under the impression that state laws and the ability to govern general welfare super-ceded issues of international concern.

    That pretty much deflates me now.

    Posted by: Rin | Apr 28, 2011 6:13:01 PM

  14. @Rin- I wish I didn't have to deflate you. It's a really hard emotional place to live-and I should know.

    I would certainly suggest calling your Reps. in the House and your Senators and demand they pass the UAFA and repeal DOMA.

    Posted by: FAEN | Apr 28, 2011 7:14:43 PM

  15. Bizarrely, if the American half of the civil union was to get a job in the UK, the Venezuelan half would be able to come to the UK as spouse, in exactly the same way as an American executive would be able to bring their husband or wife of the opposite sex.

    Its crazy that a foreign country should recognize the immigration status of a Connecticut marriage when the US itself does not.

    Posted by: Graham Anderson | Apr 28, 2011 9:55:18 PM

  16. There's something dodgy about his immigration status. He came to the US on May 2002 with a visitor visa. This visa normally allows you to legally stay in the US for 6 months. He seemed to have overstayed his visa ever since. I hope this will not work against him. Americans can normally sponsor their foreign spouses, even if they have overstayed their initial visa.

    Posted by: Ville | Apr 28, 2011 10:23:00 PM

  17. The end is so Amero-centric it's disgusting. Have them stay here? He's too stuck up to even think about moving out of the fascist landfill that is the U.S.

    Posted by: perezti | Apr 29, 2011 5:36:48 AM

  18. Ville, you have to understand that ALL solutions available to binational couples are currently temporary. Visitor visas are time-limited, employee visas are hard to come by and linked to your job (lose your job, lose your visa), student visas are horrifyingly expensive and also time-limited.

    And Perezti, not everyone has a choice, you know. I'd rather move to the USA than consider bringing my partner to my African country. Though as things go, we might consider BOTH leaving our countries instead.

    Posted by: Erkhyan | Apr 29, 2011 9:21:22 AM

  19. @Ville-Nothing dodgy about that at all. You can change your status if you get a job.

    Posted by: FAEN | Apr 29, 2011 11:16:53 AM

  20. We have friends, gay couples who have been torn apart because of this outright discrimination law. We find ourselves gradually most of our close friends because they would either move to another country like Canada or move to where their significant other lives, because this country does not recognize their union.
    This is really what is sad about this country. The American dream only seems to work for some but not for others.

    Posted by: chadSF | Apr 29, 2011 4:45:48 PM

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