Take Action: Tell Your Senator to Support the Inclusion of UAFA in Immigration Bill
April 17, 2013 by HRC staff
"It's a sense of disarmament, and not feeling safe or welcome in your home nation."
- Chris, an American who cannot sponsor his husband Lance for US citizenship because Lance is Canadian
Hours ago, the Senate's "Gang of 8" revealed their comprehensive immigration plan – a big step forward for immigration reform, but missing one absolutely crucial piece.
Right now, the bill has no protections for same-sex couples.
This is a huge problem. If we don't speak up, loving families would continue to be torn apart simply because American citizens can't sponsor same-sex partners for immigration.
It's unjust and cruel. But we can stop it. If your senator happens to be a member of the Judiciary Committee, then you are uniquely positioned to help end this discrimination by asking your senator to support the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA) being added to the immigration bill. If you live in California, New York, Illinois, Rhode Island, Minnesota, Delaware, Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Utah, Alabama, South Carolina, Texas or Arizona - your senator can help ensure UAFA is included in comprehensive immigration reform legislation.
We need your help – tell your senator to support the inclusion of UAFA today.
The bill creates a pathway to citizenship, which would bring nearly 267,000 undocumented LGBT adults out of the shadows, and provides undocumented youth, including thousands of LGBT youth, an expedited path to citizenship if they attend college or serve in the military. However, it ignores the 32,300 same-sex binational couples living in the U.S. today. These loving couples are raising more than 11,000 children and must not be left behind.
Every single one of these families is at risk of being broken up.
As a nation, we should be better than this. No American should face the false choice between their family and their country.
The solution is simple: by amending the immigration reform bill with UAFA, the same protections given to opposite-sex binational couples will be given to same-sex couples. Simple as that.
Over two dozen other countries, including close allies like Germany, Israel, and the United Kingdom, already provide immigration rights to same-sex couples. It's long past time we got with the program.
If you live in Vermont or another state, please take action by sending a thank-you letter to Chairman Patrick Leahy today for his courageous and tireless action to protect the families of same-sex binational couples.
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