LGBT Groups Release Joint Statement Calling for LGBT-Inclusive Immigration Reform Bill

Today, as a group of bipartisan senators released principles for comprehensive immigration reform ahead of Obama's planned announcement of his own proposals on Tuesday, The National Center for Lesbian Rights, the Human Rights Campaign, Immigration Equality Action Fund, and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force today released a joint statement calling for a comprehensive immigration policy which includes LGBT couples.

Snow_capitolSays the statement:

"We are fully committed to and deeply understand the need for this nation to adopt a humane and effective comprehensive immigration policy which places a premium value on justice, dignity, respect and opportunity.

Any legislation must include the ability of couples in same-sex relationships to sponsor their spouse or permanent-partner in the same way opposite-sex couples have long been able to under current immigration law.

We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with those striving for and dreaming of a nation that embraces all who come here seeking a better life. We look forward to working with Congress, the White House and every community harmed by our broken immigration system to finally achieve the comprehensive reforms we all so desperately need."

Immigration Equality notes that the Senate's framework does not include explicit mention of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) binational families:

Immigration Equality is exceptionally disappointed the Senators’ framework did not specifically outline a solution for keeping our families together.

Earlier this year, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus released their own priorities for immigration reform, and LGBT families were #2 on the CHC list. Just last week, the White House issued its strongest statement yet in support of our families, noting that the President “has long believed that Americans with same-sex partners from other countries should not be faced with the painful choice between staying with the person they love or staying in the country they love, and he welcomes changes that would help keep families together.”

Today’s framework is just that: a starting point, but not yet a bill.  We will work non-stop to make sure our families are part of comprehensive immigration reform legislation when it is introduced. Any immigration bill in Congress must allow LGBT people to sponsor their spouse or permanent partner in the same way opposite-sex couples have long been able to under current immigration law.


  1. says

    Yes, of course……..same sex couples must have the same rights as straights, and this must be tied in with the repeal of DOMA and the Recognition of Foreign marriages of same sex couples for all purposes.

    @DB : Obviously you have given this a great amount of consideration.
    Now go back to your closet.

  2. Sean says

    Same sex couples should have the same rights as ALL couples under the law, so it’s important that these groups push for that.

    I don’t like, however, that this gets lumped in together with the issue of illegal immigrants. It doesn’t help our cause when you throw in the 12,000,000 people who came here illegally.

    Illegal immigration is a slap in the face to all those who wait their turn. There are immigrants in my family, but they ALL waited and followed the law. For the millions of mostly hispanic people who decided to cheat the system? I say fu*k you.

  3. Francis says

    Seems like the Senate and the White House are pretty much waiting for DOMA to be repealed in June and aren’t going to be proactive on anything until then.

  4. George F says

    I am part of a binational couple …and I can only visit the US as a tourist for a few weeks a year(I have never overstayed illegally in the US) …
    My beau and I have to make a lot of international dates to compensate…it is expensive..and unfair…
    I hope this initiative gets some traction soon…

  5. David Hearne says

    As much as I don’t understand the compulsion to screw your way through the Third World, gay soldiers should have the same right to bring home war brides as straight men have.

    That being said, I disapprove of the chain-immigration we allow through familial relationships. I disapprove of giving special access to citizenship to those who have shown their contempt for our sovereignty and our laws. And I oppose rewarding illegal aliens by giving citizenship to their children.

    Being gay does not mean that you have to be a brain dead left winger. One has nothing to do with the other. Moreover, the Human Rights Campaign has no business supporting illegal immigrants categorically.

  6. Kent Peterson says

    Most of these commemts are so inane it makes me sad to be gay. Repeat after me dipshits: Gay and lesbian people should have the same civil right as straight people to sponsor their HUSBANDS and WIVES!!! This is not illegal immigration in any sense of the word. It is trying to catch up with the rest of the world

  7. Jane Roe says

    I am gonna remind gay conservatives of something. The only president in the history of the US to ever sign amnesty for illegal immigrants was St. Ronnie (pbuh). Ruminate on that. :)

Leave A Reply