• Petitioned Attorney General Eric Holder

This petition was delivered to:

Attorney General Eric Holder
Secretary Janet Napolitano
White House Press Secretary
Jay Carney

Obama Administration Sends Conflicting Messages on Same-Sex Binational Couples and DOMA

    1. Petition by

      Out4Immigration

 

 

On June 8th at the tail end of a White House press conference, Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked about the ongoing deportations of same-sex spouses of Americans, specifically:

“In June 2009 the Department of Homeland Security issued a memorandum on deporting certain widows and widowers of U.S. citizens.  At the time, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said that, “smart immigration policy balances strong enforcement practices with the common-sense practical solutions to complicated issues.”  Yet, in May, asked about requests by advocates for a moratorium on deportation of foreign partners and same-sex binational relationships, similar to the 2009 moratorium, you said the President can’t just wave a wand and change the law.  Can you explain the difference there?”

The answer from Mr. Carney?  A) The President cannot wave a magic wand.  B) That we need to work on comprehensive immigration reform and generate bipartisanship support for it sometime in the future, one day it will happen.

Imagine having plans for your life, your career, your family, your dreams—even your ability to go home to the one you love in the evening—hinge upon successful comprehensive immigration reform!  It’s ludicrous to think any citizens would be faced with this, yet thousands of Americans and their families are.  

While a court has struck down The Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional, and the Justice Department’s agreement with that, one must wonder why no action has been taken to stop the deportations.

This equivocating at the highest branches of government MUST stop.  Press Secretary Carney is the mouthpiece for this administration, and his answers are highly unsatisfactory to the estimated 54,000 couples whose partners are at risk of deportation. 

The body of our petition letter springboards from the words of Attorney Lavi Soloway, writing in response to the interchange described above.  We have been saying for a long time that this is a community issue.  As long as some of us are not free to choose where we want to live and who we want to commit our lives to, then no one is free.  If we do not have the support of wider community, we allow injustice to perpetrate. Please sign our petition letter, and please share it on!

 

Out4Immigration (O4I) is an all grassroots volunteer organization. Each week we target members of Congress, elected and appointed officials, and policy makers with our weekly petition urging them to do something to change the unjust laws that keep same-sex binational couples from fair and just immigration rights.

You can visit Out4Immigration at its website, through its Yahoo Group Page, on Facebook and Twitter, or at its blog.  If you know someone in a same-sex binational relationship, please encourage them to speak up and get involved.  The time for justice is now!

 

 

 

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    • Livia Peterson CARMEL, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      We need to end this discrimination against same sex couples

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    • Rebekah Duff NHA TRANG, VIET NAM
      • over 3 years ago

      Please, just give us freedom and equality, that is all we want. We just want to wake up next to those we love each morning and never have to worry about saying goodbye. End the hate.

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    • Susan Weatherby CALAIS, ME
      • over 3 years ago

      I'm a Canadian woman engaged to my American girlfriend. She will LITERALLY have to choose between love and country in order for us to be together. So much for the "Land of the Free"! Recognition of equal rights for all is long overdue in the United States. Thanks to everyone who signs this petition!

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    • Adrianne Brodwell ELMHURST, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      I am so tired of telling my story. It is a story of fear and instability that is built upon a five year long relationship. I wanted to share this poem with you to inspire you. I did not write it.

      DECLARATION

      WHY shouldn't we OUT them

      those LYING bastards in their posh MANSIONS,

      living their SECRET lies,

      attending their galas and pretentious, SHALLOW parties,

      while we in the TRENCHES are

      putting our LIVES on the line,

      while queer CHILDREN are DYING

      because no one will SHOW them any other way?

      WHY should we continue to FILL their POCKETS

      and PAY their DEBTS

      while AIDS organizations FALL

      apart for lack of funding?

      WE are not SILENT.

      We are not BLIND.

      We are ENRAGED.

      We are PISSED.

      We are SICK and TIRED of being

      STEPPED ON, BEAT ON, and KILLED

      while others silently grow fat off our LABOURS,

      and while we are BETRAYED and DISOWNED

      by those who once USED US for their own GAIN.

      WE have CONFRONTED the CLOSET,

      and have seen its EVIL.

      We are the STRONG who not only broke FREE,

      but are SMASHING DOWN the walls

      created of LIES and REPRESSION.

      WE are the ones who have OPENED our EYES

      and seen the IGNORANCE and FEAR

      in our own "community."

      And we REFUSE to CLOSE our eyes

      to this HYPOCRISY.

      WE REFUSE to INDULGE

      ourselves in the

      FASHION and GLAMOUR

      in the media that

      PERPETUATE the great PHALLACY

      that privacy is the most important thing,

      while our young SELL themselves on the streets

      to the RICH closeted

      because their HOMES have

      BETRAYED and REJECTED them.

      THIS is NOT RHETORIC.

      AS long as we feel PAIN,

      and our CHILDREN are CONSUMED by pain,

      we will INFLICT that SAME pain

      on those who PROTECT it.

      THIS is not a FASHION statement.

      Fashion is another means to CONTROL the MASSES

      and keep them BLIND to the TRUTH.

      THIS is our LIVES,

      lives we have FORGED through everything

      the WORLD has PITTED AGAINST us.

      WE are PROUD

      of who we are and what we have

      ACCOMPLISHED.

      WE ARE QUEER.

      WE have been THROWN into the FIRE,

      and WE WILL USE THAT FIRE

      TO SET THE WORLD AFLAME.

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    • Carlin Langley WOODSIDE, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      My own partner had to leave because of the USA's archaic antiquated laws regarding immigration of gay partners! We should be allowed to be together the same as straight people who are in love! SUPPORT UAFA (Uniting American Families Act)

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