Mr. President, About Your Proposed New Immigration Rule: More, Faster, Please?
  • Petitioned Janet Napolitano

This petition was delivered to:

Secretary, Department of Homeland Security
Janet Napolitano
Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Alejandro Mayorkas
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives

Mr. President, About Your Proposed New Immigration Rule: More, Faster, Please?

    1. Petition by


January 2013


From American Families United, a national non-profit organization: In addition to the petition on, we asked the public to leave comments in the federal register, and we lobbied Senators and Congress to ask that they exert pressure on the Obama administration to adopt this rule.

American families should not be forced to choose separation or exile during I601 processing.  

The right of United States citizens to marry whom they please should always have been protected by our laws.  The sanctity of our American marriages and the value of our American families will be affirmed by promptly implementing this small proposed change in the rules.

Taking the little step of implementing the proposed I601 processing rule will benefit not only thousands of US citizens and their families but also this great country of ours, by bringing immigration policy a little more into line with common sense American values.

The husbands and wives and children of US citizens are legally eligible for green cards.  We should not have to choose between life as outlaws or exiles because the immigration system fails us.

Recent signatures


    1. Victory!

      The new I-601a waiver will take effect on March 3, 2013. A story about this positive step forward was covered in the New York Times:

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    2. Reached 2,000 signatures
    3. Proposed I-601 waiver rule change in the press

      The Center for Public Integrity has published an in-depth story on the proposed I-601 waiver rule change:

      Several stories of families that are separated now by bars of inadmissibility were also published:

      A dizzying series of legal twists and turns

      Immigrant spouses struggling to understand changing laws, partisan politics

    4. Reached 1,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Belinda Losoya KILLEEN, TX
      • almost 2 years ago

      I believe that its difficult for families to be living apart.

    • Irma Rodriguez SILVER SPRING, MD
      • almost 2 years ago

      Ridiculous and unjust that a marriage should be separated because of legal status.

    • Leila Kilic FORT MYERS, FL
      • almost 2 years ago

      I refuse to let government break my family apart. Human dignity dictates that I should not have to choose between being with my husband and loving my country. I would like both, but the way things are's one and not the other.

    • Mario Paredes KILLEEN, TX
      • almost 2 years ago

      My mother is suffering extreme hardship due to this separation. My family has been separated since 2007. My stepfather is a good man and they were trying to do the right thing. Please implement the proposed rule and bring him home to join us with my stepsister and stepbrothers. They were separated from their father when they received their immigrant visas.

    • angela estes KILLEEN, TX
      • almost 2 years ago

      my sister is suffering hardship due to separtion tried to do the right thing. plese approv the new immigration rule to unite my sister and brotherinlaw.


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