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Out4Immigration is a volunteer grassroots organization that addresses the widespread discriminatory impact of U.S. immigration laws on the lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and HIV+ people and their families through education, outreach, advocacy and the maintenance of a resource and support network.

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Petitioning The President of the United States

LGBT Binational Couples Must Be Included in ICE Deportation Guidelines

2011 will be remembered as a rollercoaster year for the entire LGBT community, but particularly for gay and lesbian couples in binational relationships. With President Obama’s declaration and decision earlier this year that the Federal Court stop defending DOMA, tens of thousands of same-sex binational couples believed relief was finally in sight after many years of discriminatory immigration laws. Additionally, a number of recent court decisions have stayed the deportation of many gays and lesbians for whom time had “run out.” The same-sex binational community was further encouraged when ICE issued a statement in June 2011, granting agents guidelines for prioritizing deportations, making partners in binational relationships a low priority. That same community is now disappointed that the most recently released ICE guidelines fail to specifically mention gay and lesbian binational couples, instead opting for this vague language, “Cases that are not considered high priority include those who have an “immediate family member” who is a U.S. citizen, …and government attorneys can interpret that term to include a same-sex spouse or partner.” (source: Advocate.com) Without concrete definition in the new guidelines, gay and lesbian binational couples will be at the mercy of individual ICE agents who may or may not use their discretion when prioritizing these cases. No one can be sure that each and every ICE agent will recognize a same sex partner as an “immediate family member.” Clear, definitive language is necessary. We urge that “permanent partners of LGBT Americans” or similar language as outlined in the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA; H.R. 1537; S. 821) be integrated into these guidelines immediately.

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Petitioning The President of the United States

Save Doug and Alex's Marriage, and Stop Deporting Our Spouses!

  On July 13th 2011 in San Francisco, Alex Benshimol and Doug Gentry, a married California couple, will face every same-sex binational couple’s worst nightmare: a deportation hearing. As anyone following this issue knows, for years there has been little hope for same-sex binational couples seeking to reside together in the US. Many are legally married like Alex and Doug, but are still treated as legal strangers in the eyes of our own government. For many years, and certainly since DOMA became law, our families have been discriminated against.  At best, our foreign partners and spouses have managed to stay in the US with temporary visas related to work or study, but are deprived of access to a “green card” on the basis of their relationship. These couples cannot build a future together and live with tremendous insecurity. Far more often we are forced to live apart in different countries; exiled to one of the more than 20 countries in the world that respect our families; or forced to live in the United States in the shadows with constant uncertainty; fear of deportation and ruin hanging over our heads. This destroys marriages, and tears apart our families. It is a humanitarian crisis that must come to an end. Alex came into the U.S. 12 years ago from Venezuela and overstayed a tourist visa, an immigration violation that straight binational couples can easily remedy once married; as a gay married couple, Alex and Doug do not have that option. We believe the political will of our elected leaders must be directed at this issue so that DOMA is repealed quickly. All American citizens deserve the right to pursue life and happiness with the liberty and equality guaranteed us all by our Constitution. We need our elected officials to show leadership and resolve on this issue. The Obama administration has the power to protect couples like Alex and Doug so they are not torn apart by deportation.  Join us in declaring that the cruel discrimination that has been inflicted on us by unjust laws MUST finally come to an end. Please join Out4Immigration, Stop the Deportations, GetEQUAL, Marriage Equality USA, and your fellow citizens in urging President Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano to take action to recognize Doug and Alex’s marriage and prevent another family from being torn apart!  

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