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Tell Congress: Stop Breaking Apart Loving LGBT Families

6,066
Supporters

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.

Letter to
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
One of the fundamental principles of U.S. immigration law and policy is the notion of family unification, which allows citizens and legal permanent residents to sponsor their spouses (and other family members) for immigration purposes. Unfortunately, under current federal law, same-sex couples committed to spending their lives together are not recognized as "families."

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 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. 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.

The Uniting American Families Act is not special treatment. It's fair treatment.

Your support of this legislation is vital if America's immigration policies are going to reflect our fundamental commitment to family values and equality for all.