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04/19/2007


Senate Committee to Hold Hearings on Gay Immigration Bill Tomorrow

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold hearings beginning at 10am tomorrow on the Uniting American Families Act, which seeks to eliminate discrimination in the immigration laws by permitting permanent partners of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents to obtain lawful permanent resident status in the same manner as spouses of citizens and lawful permanent residents:

Tan Immigration Equality: "Wednesday’s hearing will feature Shirley Tan, a Filipina mother of 12-year-old twins from Pacifica, Calif., who is facing deportation despite having been with her partner for 23 years. Though Tan’s children and partner are American citizens, she cannot be sponsored for residency because her partner is female. Unless Congress takes action to pass UAFA, Tan will be forced to return to the Philippines. Joining Tan as a witness will also be Gordon Stewart, a native of Vermont who was forced to sell his family’s farm and relocate to London to be with his partner, who is Brazilian. Stewart, who transferred his job with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals to the United Kingdom, has been welcomed in that country, where his partner received a visa to be with him. Under U.S. immigration law, his partner was unable to join him in the United States, and Stewart was forced to leave his family behind to be with the person he loves. Other witnesses include Julian Bond, chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and attorney Christopher Nugent, who will represent the American Bar Association (ABA)."

I've reposted our January interview with Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), the chief author of the UAFA, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Lesbian Mother Handcuffed, Torn from Two Sons, Partner of 23 Years

Mercado

Why? Because the U.S. Government does not see LGBT people as equal citizens:

"If Jay Mercado, [Shirley] Tan's partner of 23 years and the mother of her sons, were a different gender, it's highly unlikely that [authorities] ever would have come. As a U.S. citizen, Mercado could have sponsored a wedded spouse for legal permanent residency. But although Mercado and Tan (above) married in San Francisco in 2004, federal law limits the definition of marriage to a man and a woman, and same-sex partners of U.S. citizens don't have a route to legal permanent residence extended to straight married couples...Mercado and Tan, who first appealed for political asylum for Tan in 1995 and thought their case was still pending, said they were completely unaware a deportation order had been issued in 2002. If Tan is deported this week, they will have to decide between separating two sons from one of their mothers, or moving the family to a country they have never known."

Thankfully, Congressmen like Jerrold Nadler and John Kerry are trying to help get rid of this injustice.

Binational, same-sex couples face immigration problems [san jose mercury news]


Washington Post Supports 'Uniting American Families Act'

The Washington Post today published an editorial in support of the Uniting American Families Act, which was reintroduced in February in the Senate by Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and in the House by Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), saying that if the bill passed, "it would right a gross unfairness." The UAFA seeks to eliminate discrimination in the immigration laws by permitting permanent partners of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents to obtain lawful permanent resident status in the same manner as spouses of citizens and lawful permanent residents.

Nadler_2 Writes the WaPo: "The strain of the status quo on gay and lesbian binational couples should not be discounted. Because their relationships are not legally recognized by the United States, some couples have resorted to illegal marriages where the foreign nationals marry Americans to get green cards that allow them to stay in the country permanently. In other cases, Americans have exiled themselves to be with their partners. Sixteen countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Israel, South Africa and the United Kingdom, allow residents to sponsor same-sex permanent partners for legal immigration. American gays and lesbians should not have to choose between their country and their partners."

Watch our interview with Nadler about the UAFA (recorded during the Obama inauguration festivities), AFTER THE JUMP...

Separation Anxiety [washington post]

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Rep. Jerrold Nadler to Reintroduce Uniting American Families Act

Nadler_2Immigration Equality reports that New York Congressman Jerrold Nadler plans to reintroduce the Uniting American Families Act on February 12th. Towleroad interviewed Nadler at Obama inauguration festivities last month.

The UAFA seeks to eliminate discrimination in the immigration laws by permitting permanent partners of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents to obtain lawful permanent resident status in the same manner as spouses of citizens and lawful permanent residents.

Immigration Equality is urging citizens to ask their Representative to be a co-sponsor of the Act.

Watch our interview with Congressman Nadler, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Inauguration Extras:
Towleroad interview with New York Congressman Jerrold Nadler

Nadler

On the first night we were in Washington, DC for the inauguration, we had a few moments at the DNC Party with New York Congressman Jerrold Nadler, whose constituency falls along the west side of Manhattan and portions of Brooklyn.

Nadler is the chief author of the Uniting American Families Act, which seeks to eliminate discrimination in the immigration laws by permitting permanent partners of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents to obtain lawful permanent resident status in the same manner as spouses of citizens and lawful permanent residents.

Corey Johnson talked to Nadler about whether the changes in Congressional leadership would mean the UAFA would be going to committee and then possibly to a vote.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Towleroad interview with New York Congressman Jerrold Nadler" »


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