No one should have to choose between the person they love and their country. But discriminatory immigration policies do just that by denying same-sex couples the right to sponsor their partners for immigration.
Every year, thousands of same-sex couples are separated or live in constant fear of being stopped by officials who demand to see documentation and threaten detention. In some cases, same-sex partners face prosecution by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services - including hefty fines and deportations. U.S. citizens are sometimes left with no other choice but to immigrate with their partners to a country with more fair-minded immigration laws.
The Uniting American Families Act would make immigration law work the same for every loving couple and help keep loving same-sex couples and their families together. The UAFA would apply the same standards to same-sex couples that the United States applies to opposite-sex couples where one member is seeking to bring a foreign partner into the country.
The Uniting American Families Act is not special treatment. It's fair treatment.
As with current immigration laws for married couples, the UAFA would impose harsh penalties for fraud, including up to five years in prison and as much as $250,000 in fines. In addition, if the partnership is dissolved in less than two years, the legal immigrant status of the partner would be revoked.
Make sure Congress gets the message loud and clear: Pass the Uniting American Families Act now.