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LGBT Groups to Hold Immigration Rally Protesting Deportation of Binational Same-Sex Couple on Friday

This Friday at 11 am, a number of LGBT groups are holding a rally outside the Newark Immigration Court in support of Henry Velandia and Josh Vandiver, a married binational couple who faces separation due to immigration policies under DOMA. Velandia is scheduled to be deported on May 6.

Joshhenry More from their press release:

On Friday, LGBT organizations from across the country will rally behind a gay bi-national couple who will endure deportation hearings, facing the stark reality of living under the Defense of Marriage Act. In the shadow of the Statue of Liberty, GetEQUAL working with a host of other LGBT organizations -- including Stop the Deportations, All Out, Courage Campaign, Garden State Equality, Immigration Equality Action Fund, Marriage Equality USA, Out4Immigration, Princeton Equality Project, and Queer Rising -- to make clear that these deportations of LGBT spouses must stop immediately.

The rally outside the Newark Federal Courthouse is taking place as Josh Vandiver of Colorado and Henry Velandia of Venezuela face deportation hearings before the court. Despite legally marrying in Connecticut in August 2010, Vandiver (a Ph.D. student at Princeton University) and Velandia (a salsa dancer, instructor, and founder of a Princeton-based dance studio) are facing a nightmare scenario -- being ripped apart from one another at the hands of the U.S. government.

More information on the deportation issues these couples are facing can be found at Stop the Deportations.

GetEQUAL has produced a video to accompany their efforts. The rally also has a Facebook page here.


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  1. Too little too late GetEqual.

    Still think this was a bigger priority then making sure all gays can go to war and kill more people.

    Posted by: Rowan | May 5, 2011 7:31:30 AM

  2. Obama at his best (or worst). He refuses to charge and prosecute BP and Haliburton for murdering oil workers and polluting the Gulf of Mexico. He can't be bothered to charge Massey Energy for murdering miners. But is he happily grabing headlines headlines and pandering to bigot votes cracking down on international partnering?

    You betcha. With a vengeance. It's just another indication of his headlong rush to the right gearing up for the 2012 elections.

    He and both Congressional parties are coupling their bigotry about same sex marriage with their openly racist views on the question of immigrant and imported working people persuaded to cross the border by American companies to work in non-union sweatshops for low wages and no benefits. Others were driven by the collapse of their economies following Bill Clintons NAFTA and the global depression created by Clintons signature on the 1999 bipartisan bill to deregulate predatory lenders.

    The Obama administration, "In a bid to remake the enforcement of federal immigration laws, the and auditing hundreds of businesses that blithely hire undocumented workers... The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency expects to deport about 400,000 people this fiscal year, nearly 10 percent above the Bush administration's 2008 total and 25 percent more than were deported in 2007. The pace of company audits has roughly quadrupled since President George W. Bush's final year in office." Washington Post

    Earlier Obama and other racists voted to deny medical benefits to imported and immigrant workers. From the point of view of public health that's a financial and epidemiological catastrophe in the making. The Democrat Congress, Republican racists happily tagging along, also refused to pass the Dream Act. These are the same bigoted scum who refuse to pass ENDA or repeal DOMA.

    Obama's polka with Republicans - the Allemande Right - will continue to clarify his and the Democrats role in politics. At best, Democrats are little more than Republicans in drag. They're political prostitutes who'll promise you anything but will reliably vote for the interests of the rich and powerful.

    Happily, the number of people Democrats can fool is rapidly declining - almost 30 million voters deserted them from 2009 to 2010. Less than a third - 31.2 % - of eligible Latino voters said they voted compared with almost half of eligible EuroAmerican - 48.6% - voters and 44% of eligible black voters 2010 elections. My Desert

    Obama and the Democrats continue to hemorrhage support from the GLBT communities, people of color, trade unionists and students. Those are people who'll look to the left, not to rightwing Democrats or Republicans for solutions.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | May 5, 2011 10:01:27 AM

  3. Anyone who can show up, please do. Imagine what it would feel like to have your legally married spouse torn away from you and deported out of the country, forbidden to return for 10 years. DOMA is a vicious, hateful, outrageous law. Anything we can do to stop it is worthwhile. Please show your support.

    Posted by: Tim | May 5, 2011 10:21:45 AM

  4. @Rowan YES YES nobody cares until next term....

    Posted by: Roberto | May 5, 2011 11:35:59 AM

  5. Where does that ass Bill Clinton stand on the other side of the Hudson River?

    Posted by: ewe | May 5, 2011 12:07:51 PM

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