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Nancy Pelosi To Homeland Security: Put It In Writing

101119_pelosi_cry_605_apAndrew reported Thursday on the announcement by the Department of Homeland Security, made to BuzzFeed's Chris Geidner, that DHS now considers the marriages of same-sex binational couples a serious impediment to beginning deportation proceedings against gay "illegal" immigrants:

The statement — which comes in response to pressure from House Democrats and advocates — makes explicit that the Obama Administration will consider same-sex marriages a reason not to start deportation proceedings.

"[W]hen exercising prosecutorial discretion in enforcement matters, DHS looks at the totality of the circumstances presented in individual cases, including whether an individual has close family ties to the United States as demonstrated by his or her same-sex marriage or other longstanding relationship to a United States citizen," [DHS Deputy Press Secretary] Peter Boogaard told BuzzFeed Monday.

But this is essentially what the DHS has been saying since August 18th, 2011, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is unsatisfied. Early last week, Ms. Pelosi sent a letter to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, demanding that the Department's policy vis a vis the foreign spouses of gay citizens be codified and set in writing. The demand didn't change after BuzzFeed published Mr. Boogard's statement. From BuzzFeed:

Responding to Thursday's report, Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said today, "It’s a welcome development that a DHS spokesperson is explicitly and publicly acknowledging that DHS’s consideration of family ties includes same-sex couples and spouses. We look forward to the written guidance that we expect would be a logical next step."

... Although BuzzFeed requested a copy of any [written policy detailing DHS's current stance], the only policy to which BuzzFeed has been directed by any DHS officials is a 2011 policy that makes no mention of same-sex couples.

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  1. Damn ! I love Pelosi!

    And yes: I am part of a gay binational couple ...

    =)

    Posted by: George F | Aug 5, 2012 10:41:35 AM


  2. This is a CRUCIAL step toward gay legal equality and marriage equality.

    It continually amazes me that so many in the LGBTQ community miss how significant winning this equality in law is.

    At least Nacy Pelosi and Democrats in he Senate and Congress get it. I am glad of their stewardship on this issue.

    Posted by: yonkersconquers | Aug 5, 2012 10:43:05 AM


  3. Obviously this is good news, or I guess more accurately a restatement of last year's news. But it still seems pretty flimsy, even if it's in writing. I've lived overseas with my foreign partner for fifteen years, but it would seem crazy to return to America now and start a new life, until the next Republican president rips up this guidance. I think in some ways it would be worse for my partner, as at that point he'd probably be considered an illegal alien, which might compromise his citizenship application whenever DOMA gets repealed. It's all very complicated, but personally I don't take much comfort in such a temporary measure.

    Posted by: Brian | Aug 5, 2012 10:55:22 AM


  4. Nancy Pelosi rocks!

    Posted by: Manny Espinola | Aug 5, 2012 11:31:28 AM


  5. You, GO; Nancy!

    Posted by: Kile Ozier | Aug 5, 2012 11:32:45 AM


  6. It only matters if an individual is already an "illegal alien" for practical purposes. The last-minute stay of deportation is a far cry from becoming a legal alien, let alone a legal immigrant. This is of little importance to people who have not yet violated immigration laws.

    Posted by: AG | Aug 5, 2012 12:10:59 PM


  7. Good for Nancy. It needs to be in writing. It's important as a simple matter of equality. Same-sex couples should be treated no differently than opposite-sex couples when it comes to immigration and deportation matters, yet they are, and this measure--if it's clearly stated and applied--will give them relief until DOMA is overturned. Getting rid of DOMA is the solution--any policy short of that is unfair.

    Posted by: Ernie | Aug 5, 2012 12:29:55 PM


  8. OK, sorry to be a grammar jerk, but there's no reason to use ordinals (18th instead of 18) or Latin (vis a vis instead of about).

    Posted by: Paul R | Aug 5, 2012 12:32:09 PM


  9. Nancy Pelosi was the one who pushed and pushed for the end of DADT when other Democrats had given up.

    She is now the one pushing to get us equal rights on all fronts.

    I love this woman ! She is a decent human being.

    Please note once again all you GRUBS (Gay Republicans) - this is a DEMOCRAT helping us again and she is having to battle against the Republicans who hate us !

    Posted by: Icebloo | Aug 5, 2012 4:04:39 PM


  10. These women are both players on the same team. I could hope that they might have discussed this over tea and come up with a powerful, compelling strategic plan and presented it in a good light without angst or division and with a view to making it happen as if the Democratic Party were a united front to lead the Nation to something better than where we are currently.

    Posted by: Greg McNeal | Aug 5, 2012 5:59:24 PM


  11. Citizens of the Republic, never Give Up. Never submit.

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    IN OBAMA’S DREAM ACT—there will be so much fraud, just as it existed in the great Ronald Reagan amnesty of 1986. You mark my words processing will be next to nothing and my guess hundreds will counterfeit documents leading to more illegal aliens encouraged to slip through a border that is open for hundreds of miles in either direction.

    America’s oh-so-inept Commander in Chief will use any method to augment the tax load on the American people. His goal: the redistribution of prosperity. By not approving the Bush Tax Cuts, taxes increase. Once again, this is nothing more than a “Tax and Spend” Scheme. His redistribution of wealth will go to the voters who have no intentions of finding a job and never will. These are the rapists of the welfare systems, who prefer to stay a government umbrella of sponsored housing, living of taxpayers. Steve Eichler, CEO of TeaParty.org, a massive growing network of millions of ordinarily citizens and legal residents who have come together to battle both the Democrats and Republicans and opening up chapters across America; as if a third party. The political masters have a fix so it is almost impossible for a third party to be elected; henceforth the TEA PARTY. The TEA PARTY will gain ground within the Republican Party and thereby presenting their influence through oncoming elections.

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    In another congressional primary, Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Petri, who has served in Congress for more than 30 years, faces TEA PARTY challenger Lauren Stephens, who has raised only $6,000 and is running a low-profile campaign. Ted Cruz didn’t have a huge campaign chest of money, but he still beat Dewhurst who provided millions of dollars of our own money. This would be a good time for every TEA PARTY members to stand with Stephens and other TEA PARTY leaders to stand firm against Petri. On her webpage, she proposes eliminating the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) because of ineptitude and costs, enforcing policies against illegal immigration and making the nation's official language English. She has stated “Having an official language is makes common sense and builds common ground."

    In Wisconsin next week Businessman Eric Hovde, is running his first race, charging that former Gov. Tommy Thompson isn’t a true conservative. Former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann, a home builder and former congressman casts himself as the most conservative candidate, and is looking for support from the TEA PARTY. Then State Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald has slipped in raising money, but hopes voters remember his role in passing the conservative ideology in the Legislature.

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    If I told you 5 years ago that America would elect a man who did the following, you would have called me extreme. Read the short list and then tell me I’m nuts: Kowtows to foreign dictators; Promises Russia (not America) he can do more when he is elected; Pushing the United Nations to grab our guns; Creating the biggest “Tax And Spend Plan” (ObamaCare) in America history for freeloaders; Highest unemployment since the October 1929 Wall Street crash; Denies self-esteem to small business owners, claiming they didn’t build their own business?

    It is becoming excruciatingly clear the Tea Party must take the lead! Obama, “America’s President” is the product of a secret system of sedition and trickery. A complete underworld of dangerous swindles, unscrupulous scams and deadly con-artists that have been involved are now being exposed… and the picture is pure, raw evil, with the realization America has been duped—such as giving “Solyndra” special treatment as they contributed to Obama’s campaign. Given Obama’s past record, is it any wonder he wants to grab your guns, reach into your wallet and grab your cash for his tax coffers and then extinguish your freedom? The problem is, it is within his reach and most of the Washington Socialist Czars have applauded his actions! Are they blind or stupid—or both? If the unthinkable happens “America’s President” I will do the following the next 4 years.

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    I have no devotion to Mitt Romney’s administration, and the serious danger of re-electing President Obama is very tangible. He will want to keep paying out taxpayer’s money to Americans who have no interest in seeking a job or in fact never bothered to work in their lives; the exclusion being attributed to the sick and handicapped. The only real alternative is the TEA PARTY, which is gathering massive amounts of voters as a storm of confidence in a PEOPLES WASHINGTON, instead of the old guard of Republicans and their opposites. Any individual can join the TEA PARTY, as long as they are here in the United States legally. The TEA PARTY is a ‘political Statement’ about a federal government that has run amok of the U.S. Constitution, which has nearly bankrupted this country.

    A major problem that neither party wants to talk about, is our nation infested with common criminals from across our borders or flying in and posing as visitor, with no intent to leave. Every day the amount of illegal alien drunken drivers keeps rising, mowing down innocent family members. But it’s not crime rate just rising in the Southwest, but the spreading of these people bringing with them their odious records from across the globe. Under each of the main parties nothing will be done, as they are under the strict influence of the corporate purveyors of cash or the insane zealots who wants open borders and the broad spread of poor foreigners who want a better life, which our spineless politicians think we are beholden too.

    The TEA PARTY would insist on two immigration policies being approved though the Senate and House of Representatives. But more TEA PARTY leadership must gain more seats in Congress, which seems to be actually happening? Plenty of these moderate conservatives and true believers in our U.S. Constitution are ready to influence the other lawmaker’s to enact policies that assist out of work Americans. It will open up jobs for millions of low income Blacks, Hispanics, Whites, Asians and all other nationalities lawfully here. It is passed time we enacted the ‘Legal Workforce Act (H.R. 2885) and the Birthright citizenship Act (H.R.140)? Isn’t it time that the state of Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and other in the 50 states protect their state borders? Each law essential to structure our immigration policies, once again gain a steel gauntlet on our immigration policies. The Birthright Citizenship law has been mutated, as it didn’t mean that anybody who reached into America could gain citizenship, as it only was only an avenue for the emancipation of slaves after the Civil War.

    Retain this information that none citizens will be voting in November, if Obama’s Liberals get there way the ‘freeloaders will reward him with their votes. One should also determine for themselves if Obama has a right to a second term. I cannot judge for anybody but myself and I have afforded the time as an Independent and a TEA PARTY associate to read the evidence concerning the birth records of Barack Obama. There are many irregularities to his family backdrop, that has some disquieting concerns for me, but THE PEOPLE should interpret about the facts of the investigation and then vote for that reason.

    No Copyright. Tell everybody.

    Posted by: Dave Francis | Aug 5, 2012 9:48:23 PM


  12. @Dave Francis: You just wasted your cut and paste time. No takers on this site, honey.

    Posted by: Ernie | Aug 6, 2012 12:58:22 AM


  13. Is there any substantive point in Dave Francis's screed that isn't a dishonest talking-point from faux news?

    Posted by: esperando | Aug 21, 2012 12:43:16 PM


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