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Immigration Equality Hails LGBT-Inclusive Immigration Reform Principles from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus

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For Immediate Release
September 28, 2012

Contact:  Steve Ralls
(202) 347-7007 / sralls@immigrationequality.org

Washington, DC – Immigration Equality applauded a new set of principles, released today by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, calling for an immigration reform measure that includes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) immigrant families. The Caucus, which used the principles to outline their priorities for tackling immigration reform in the year ahead, calls for legislation which “protects the unity and sanctity of the family, including the families of bi-national, same-sex couples, by reducing the family backlogs and keeping spouses, parents, and children together.”

“The Congressional Hispanic Caucus’s commitment to lesbian and gay families sets the baseline for what comprehensive immigration reform must include,” said Rachel B. Tiven, Immigration Equality’s executive director. “The LGBT community will bring our energy and our power at the ballot box to the fight for fair and inclusive reform. We salute Congressman Luis Gutierrez, Senator Robert Menendez and the entire Hispanic Caucus for their leadership in outlining an inclusive vision of what that reform will look like.”

Under current U.S. immigration law, LGBT citizens have no ability to sponsor a spouse or partner for residency, forcing many couples into separation or exile abroad. The Uniting American Families Act (UAFA), currently pending in both the House and Senate, would afford lesbian and gay couples the same rights of sponsorship as straight spouses. An estimated 36,000 couples are impacted by the inability to sponsor a same-sex partner or spouse for residency.

“Our immigration laws ought to reflect both our interests and our values as Americans and we believe these principles are consistent with our nation’s commitment to fairness and equality,” the Hispanic Caucus said in its statement today.

A copy of the full principles, along with more information on LGBT immigrant families, is embedded below and at Scribd.

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Immigration Equality is a national organization fighting for equality under U.S. immigration law for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and HIV-positive individuals.

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6 Responses to Immigration Equality Hails LGBT-Inclusive Immigration Reform Principles from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus

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  2. Julie says:

    I am a tg female that is HIV + , I have lived with my non-citizen boyfriend for the past 4 years, he is HIV negative. His work visa will soon expire (in about a year). We have discussed me moving to his country at that time, but due to my meds I prefer staying in the US. I will relocate to his country if needed, to stay together. He is currently applying for Canadian residency, but I know that there is no way I could get perm residency there due to my HIV status.

    Is there any hope in immigration reform happening anytime soon?

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  4. if a person has had an i-212 once before is there a chance he will receive any other type of releif to maintain here in the usa. legal resident that has lived here since the age of 12 years old.parents became us citizens and he was unable to become one at that time, since then my Brother has never been back to his native country and we fear for his life( mexico)

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