This week's letter writing campaign is directed at Rep. Charles Melancon (D-LA-3), Rep. Walt Minnick (D-ID-1), Rep. David Scott (D-GA-13), Rep. Heath Shuler (D-NC-11) & Rep Charlie Wilson (D-OH-6).
We are asking them to support Equal Immigration Rights for Same-Sex Binational Couples by sponsoring the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA) as well ensuring that LGBT Families remain in the framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) as proposed by leading Senate Democrats.
It has been largely due to the sending of these letters each week, the phone calls you make to Congress, the visits with your representatives and their staff and the local actions you take – getting your city to pass a resolution in support of UAFA or taking part in immigrant rights marches and building coalitions that has led to UAFA being the immigration bill with the most co-sponsors. We must continue to keep the pressure on with these grassroots actions, including re-circulating this information through Facebook and Twitter.
In addition to having 124 co-sponsors in the House and 23 in the Senate for UAFA, we also have the support of 60 members of Congress from the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. They sent a letter to President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Schumer and Rep. Lofgren expressing their strong support for a comprehensive immigration reform bill that would end discrimination against LGBT binational families.
We encourage you to take part in this campaign by using one of four options:
1) The easiest one. By clicking through and adding your name to this page, you send ALL FIVE of this week’s letters to Congress AT ONCE. You can also provide the link to your friends and family to take action too!
2) Contact the 5 Congressional representatives listed here with your own letter and your own story.
3) Create a booklet telling your story. See http://tinyurl.com/o4i-toolkit1 for more info on this option.
4) Check out our other actions on change.org's action page and sign the other week's petition too so that we can get more support in Congress for the Uniting American Families Act and LGBT inclusion in Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
Thank you for taking action!
Out4Immigration is an all grassroots organization. Each week we write to a list of representatives in Congress or the Senate to ask them to support equal immigration rights for Same-Sex Binational couples and to become a cosponsor of the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA) and to support an inclusive Comprehensive Immigration Reform that includes LGBT Families. You can also find us on Blogger (out4immigration.blogspot.com), Facebook (facebook.com/out4immigration) and Twitter(@out4immigration)
I know people directly affected by the current unfair immigration policies in this country that deny lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered Americans the right to sponsor their permanent partner to live with them in the United States.
As you may be aware, these Americans in loving and committed relationships are often forced to make heartbreaking decisions to maintain their relationship. More often than not, these include having to leave the United States in order to be with the person they love. These American citizens are forced to give up careers, leave behind aging parents and young adult children who rely on them and leave a community which benefits from their ongoing and active participation.
Both the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA) and the Reuniting Families Act (RFA; H.R. 2709) simply seek to provide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered U.S. citizens and permanent residents the right to sponsor their partner for immigration. Each bill outlines the same process and penalties that are applied in heterosexual partner (i.e., marriage or fiancée) sponsorship applications. By co-sponsoring these bills, you are showing your dedication to equality and the belief that no American should be forced to choose between their country and the person they love.
Thank you for your time on this important matter. I hope that your name will be added to the list co-sponsors on these bills, and you will support their inclusion along with leading Senate Democrats in the framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform.