Out4Immigration (O4I) is an all grassroots organization. Because of DOMA (The Defense of Marriage Act), Americans in same-gender relationships with foreign partners have no right to sponsor those partners for legal residency in the US. In O4I’s ongoing efforts to end this discrimination, this is our fifth petition of the 112th Congress. We are asking Representatives and Senators, as well as President Obama and Secretary Napolitano, to support equal immigration rights for same-sex binational couples by becoming cosponsors of the Uniting American Families Act (or UAFA, House Bill 1537 and Senate Bill 821). We seek their active support of its passage.
While we badly need comprehensive immigration reform in the US, and this has historically been the vehicle through which we’ve expected UAFA to pass, the discrimination against Americans with foreign spouses must end. Our fight to achieve immigration equality is now being waged on three fronts: legislatively, with bills like UAFA, judicially, with President Obama's determination that section 3 of DOMA is unconstitutional and administratively, with pressure being applied to the President, the Department of Homeland Security and the United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) to do something in their powers to stop deporting and separating loving couples.
This petition is focused on the legislative fix by targeting four members of the House who have been previous cosponsors of UAFA, as well as President Obama and Secretary Napolitano. By signing and promoting this petition, you will help us encourage these individuals to support this bill and raise awareness that there are many avenues to correct the immigration discrimination faced by same-sex binationals. We ask that our government and elected officials use their powers and influence to fix the problem - now.
We encourage you to take part in this campaign by using any of these options:
(1) The easiest one. By signing this week's petition on this Change.org page, you will send all six of the letters at once. You can also provide the link to your friends and family to take action too, as well as promote on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media sites you may use;
(2) Contact the 4 Representatives here with your own letter, your own story; or
(3) Create a booklet telling your story. See http://tinyurl.com/o4i-toolkit1 for more info on this option.
(4) Look for past petitions on our page at http://www.change.org/out4immigration and sign those petitions too.
Additionally, don’t hesitate to call our recent cosponsors and thank them for their support. Let’s hit our target of 1000 signers this week. Please share this widely, and thank you for taking action!!!
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 bi-national same-sex relationship, please encourage them to speak up and get involved. The time for justice is now!
- Secretary Janet Napolitano
President Barack Obama said these words on May 10, 2011, but today, our government is still separating our families in spite of some recent temporary rulings on behalf of same-sex binational couples. I am writing to ask that you please sign on as a co-sponsor, or use the power of your office to support passage of the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA), HR1537 and S821. You have been a co-sponsor of the bill in the past; we need your endorsement again.
I support Out4Immigration, an organization that works for the right of LGBT Americans in loving and committed relationships to sponsor their foreign partners for legal residency in the US. Regardless of legal attempts by these couples to solidify their relationships – whether through legal marriages, civil unions or domestic partnerships – the federal government continues to not recognize these relationships. Same-sex binational couples live their lives under unimaginable gratuitous cruelty. They are often forced to make decisions no couple should bear: leave their country to live in exile, live apart, or in the worst case scenario, go “off the grid” with an undocumented partner and live each day in fear of the horrific possibility that the undocumented partner is discovered and deported.
Simply put, when we talk about the treatment of same-sex binational couples in America, there is no parallel in any other immigration matter. American citizens are being forcibly separated from their life partners.
Please take a stand for equal rights across the board and add your name to the UAFA today. Please also consider – if you have not already done so – supporting the Respect for Marriage Act (HR1116 ; S598) and Rep. Mike Honda’s Reuniting Families Act (RFA). Please consider adding your name to a letter started by your colleagues Rep. Zoe Lofgren in the House and Sen. John Kerry in Senate that directly asks Secretary Janet Napolitano and the Department of Homeland Security to stop the deportations of same-sex foreign partners of American citizens and to remedy the suffering and uncertainty these couples face.
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