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Same-sex couples officially added for deportation relief
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Quote:Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano has officially clarified that the same-sex partners and spouses of U.S. citizens are eligible for relief under the Obama administration’s new policy of putting a lower priority on certain deportation cases.

The action was a response to a letter from Congress led by House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, and Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat who for years has crusaded for immigration relief for same-sex couples. Heterosexual immigrant spouses of U.S. citizens are allowed to apply for immigration rights that are denied to same-sex couples under the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.

The most notorious case in the country was that of a San Francisco couple, Bradford Wells and Anthony John Makk, above, who won relief only through Pelosi’s personal intervention.

Steve Ralls, spokesperson for Immigration Equality, a gay rights group, said this is “one of the very first times LGBT families have been recognized within federal immigration policies.”

The group’s executive director, Rachel B. Tiven, called the move a “huge step forward…Until now, LGBT families and their lawyers had nothing to rely on but an oral promise that prosecutorial discretion would include all families. Today, DHS has responded to Congress and made that promise real. The Administration’s written guidance will help families facing separation and the field officers who are reviewing their cases.”

A DHS memo in June 2011 first listed factors that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers in the field should use when classifying certain removal cases as a “low priority” for removal, a policy known as “prosecutorial discretion.” The guidelines included family ties to a U.S. citizen. Obama officials said that they would include gays and lesbians in the family category. But there was no written policy. The Pelosi/Nadler letter asked the administration to put it in writing.

Napolitano has done so, including not only married spouses but “long-term, same-sex partners,” according to Napolitano’s letter.

Pelosi welcomed the directive to “issue written guidance to clarify that ‘family relationships’ includes LBGT couples is welcome and will provide a measure of clarity and confidence to families dealing with separation in immigration cases. Our nation is served when loving families are kept together.”

Pelosi called for passing the “Uniting American Families Act” and the “Reuniting Families Act,” to grant immigration privileges to same-sex couples and “to relegate DOMA to the dustbin of history.”

http://blog.sfgate.com/nov05election/201...on-relief/
It's the "BILL OF RIGHTS" not the bill of "needs"
#2
middlefinger;15402 Wrote:
Quote:Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano has officially clarified that the same-sex partners and spouses of U.S. citizens are eligible for relief under the Obama administration’s new policy of putting a lower priority on certain deportation cases.

The action was a response to a letter from Congress led by House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, and Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat who for years has crusaded for immigration relief for same-sex couples. Heterosexual immigrant spouses of U.S. citizens are allowed to apply for immigration rights that are denied to same-sex couples under the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.

The most notorious case in the country was that of a San Francisco couple, Bradford Wells and Anthony John Makk, above, who won relief only through Pelosi’s personal intervention.

Steve Ralls, spokesperson for Immigration Equality, a gay rights group, said this is “one of the very first times LGBT families have been recognized within federal immigration policies.”

The group’s executive director, Rachel B. Tiven, called the move a “huge step forward…Until now, LGBT families and their lawyers had nothing to rely on but an oral promise that prosecutorial discretion would include all families. Today, DHS has responded to Congress and made that promise real. The Administration’s written guidance will help families facing separation and the field officers who are reviewing their cases.”

A DHS memo in June 2011 first listed factors that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers in the field should use when classifying certain removal cases as a “low priority” for removal, a policy known as “prosecutorial discretion.” The guidelines included family ties to a U.S. citizen. Obama officials said that they would include gays and lesbians in the family category. But there was no written policy. The Pelosi/Nadler letter asked the administration to put it in writing.

Napolitano has done so, including not only married spouses but “long-term, same-sex partners,” according to Napolitano’s letter.

Pelosi welcomed the directive to “issue written guidance to clarify that ‘family relationships’ includes LBGT couples is welcome and will provide a measure of clarity and confidence to families dealing with separation in immigration cases. Our nation is served when loving families are kept together.”

Pelosi called for passing the “Uniting American Families Act” and the “Reuniting Families Act,” to grant immigration privileges to same-sex couples and “to relegate DOMA to the dustbin of history.”

http://blog.sfgate.com/nov05election/201...on-relief/

Just love these POS Priorities....the freaks are running the show.
"In 4 more OMao years you won't like how America looks....I guarantee it."
“When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.” -- Thomas Jefferson
#3
Sounds like some back-door legislation.
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#4
Progress! Congrats America!

Justin
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I'm beginning to like popcorn.
I don't suffer from insanity.
I enjoy every minute of it.
#6
JustinHEMI;15425 Wrote:Progress! Congrats America!

Justin

How is this "progress?"Huh
das, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
#7
our country is rapidly becoming a sick fucking joke.
jakebrake, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
#8
Being gay should have no impact on your legal status what-so-ever it is entirely irrelevant.

The most sick part is that there is a significant silent minority of LEGAL IMMIGRANTS in this country who pay taxes and contribute to society like my wife that are afraid to speak out about this blatant discrimination that goes on against legal immigrants of all other races and nationalities that aren't latino. It cost us thousands in fees and bureaucratic bullshit for my wife's green card years ago (and she is a highly educated person who pays taxes), and we always felt like we were on thin ice (no pun intended) with immigration and DHS, because all it takes is one asshole DHS employee who doesn't like the color of your shirt or your political views to set you back YEARS in the citizenship process and cost you thousands in litigation.

So basically because my wife came here legally with the proper paperwork on an airplane we have to pay thousands so that she can remain a productive member of American society without fear of being deported. Yet these "Dream Act" assholes can hop the fence pay their $465 and have legal status in this country to keep draining the system and qualify for more "free" programs while paying nothing into it except their Dream Act fee. So they punish my wife for not being latino, not draining off the system and coming here the legal way. How is that not racist?

The way we reward illegals in this country and then then way we punish those who like our ancestors that came here generations ago LEGALLY and contribute to society is truly racist and despicable. I would personally love if it were legal, to put boot to ass of one of these La Raza clowns that comes here illegally, sucks off our system and then wipes their ass with the American flag and complains about they're being discriminated against and that we should give the southwestern states back to Mexico. Go fucking home if you don't like it!

Oh, but I'm sorry bringing up the fact that illegals are in fact ILLEGAL and that we give special preference to them over legal immigrants of other races or nationalities makes me a racist bigot.

The people who wrote and signed off on the dream act ought to be tried for high treason!
The forum poster formerly known as Emoticon...
#9
Emoticon;15556 Wrote:Being gay should have no impact on your legal status what-so-ever it is entirely irrelevant.

The most sick part is that there is a significant silent minority of LEGAL IMMIGRANTS in this country who pay taxes and contribute to society like my wife that are afraid to speak out about this blatant discrimination that goes on against legal immigrants of all other races and nationalities that aren't latino. It cost us thousands in fees and bureaucratic bullshit for my wife's green card years ago (and she is a highly educated person who pays taxes), and we always felt like we were on thin ice (no pun intended) with immigration and DHS, because all it takes is one asshole DHS employee who doesn't like the color of your shirt or your political views to set you back YEARS in the citizenship process and cost you thousands in litigation.

So basically because my wife came here legally with the proper paperwork on an airplane we have to pay thousands so that she can remain a productive member of American society without being deported. Yet these "Dream Act" assholes can hop the fence pay their $465 and have legal status in this country to keep draining the system and qualify for more "free" programs while paying nothing into it except their Dream Act fee. So they punish my wife for not being latino, draining off the system and coming here the legal way. How is that not racist?

The way we reward illegals in this country and the way we punish those who like our ancestors that came here generations ago LEGALLY and contribute to society is truly racist and despicable. I would personally love if it were legal, to put boot to ass of one of these La Raza clowns that comes here illegally, sucks off our system and then wipes their ass with the American flag and complains about they're being discriminated against and that we should give the southwestern states back to Mexico. Go fucking home if you don't like it!

Oh, but I'm sorry bringing up the fact that illegals are in fact ILLEGAL and that we give special preference to them over legal immigrants of other races makes me a racist bigot.
That is a sad testament of this administration. I can fully understand your disgust at your situation. She did everything the proper way and gets shit on because shes not a Latino and Obama doesnt desperatly need her vote. I would be a hell of a lot more pissed off than you sound. You have every right to be mad has hell about this.
das, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
#10
They'll ALL be gay now.
"In 4 more OMao years you won't like how America looks....I guarantee it."
“When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.” -- Thomas Jefferson






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