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Fri Sep 28, 2012, 04:34 PM

Homeland Security Directive Will Help Binational Gay Couples Stay Together

Source: The Advocate

Same-sex couples will officially be considered families in immigration proceedings, Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano has confirmed, in a move that will help keep many from being split up by deportation.

Homeland Security had issued a memo last year saying that immigrants who are facing removal from the U.S. could be considered “low priority” by prosecutors in deportation cases if certain factors were present, and among them were close family ties in the nation. Government officials had said informally that same-sex relationships would be included in that definition, but now Napolitano has made that official.

In an effort to make clear the definition of the phrase ‘family relationships,’ I have directed to disseminate written guidance to the field that the interpretation of the phrase ‘family relationships’ includes long-term, same-sex partners,” Napolitano said in a letter this week, NBC News reports. Her letter came in response to an inquiry sent in July by Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, and more than 80 other members of Congress.

LGBT rights groups praised her action. “This is a huge step forward,” said Rachel B. Tiven, executive director of Immigration Equality, in a press release. “Until now, LGBT families and their lawyers had nothing to rely on but an oral promise that prosecutorial discretion would include all families. Today, DHS has responded to Congress and made that promise real. The administration’s written guidance will help families facing separation and the field officers who are reviewing their cases.”


Read more: http://www.advocate.com/politics/2012/09/28/homeland-security-directive-will-help-binational-gay-couples-stay-together



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William769 Sep 2012 OP
midnight Sep 2012 #1
msanthrope Sep 2012 #3
midnight Sep 2012 #4
msanthrope Sep 2012 #2
Victor_c3 Sep 2012 #5
dipsydoodle Sep 2012 #6
William769 Sep 2012 #7
dipsydoodle Sep 2012 #8
William769 Sep 2012 #9
dipsydoodle Sep 2012 #10
Ohio Joe Sep 2012 #11

Response to William769 (Original post)

Fri Sep 28, 2012, 04:37 PM

1. Why is homeland security, the dept. that creates body searches at the airport, involved in this?

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Response to midnight (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 28, 2012, 04:38 PM

3. They oversee ICE. nt

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Response to msanthrope (Reply #3)

Fri Sep 28, 2012, 05:15 PM

4. Ok... That's nice..

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Response to William769 (Original post)

Fri Sep 28, 2012, 04:38 PM

2. That's fantastic!!! nt

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Response to William769 (Original post)

Fri Sep 28, 2012, 05:34 PM

5. Rock on!

Just another (small) step in the right direction for equal and fair treatment for the LGBT people.

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Response to William769 (Original post)

Fri Sep 28, 2012, 07:05 PM

6. Shouldn't that be multinational ?

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #6)

Fri Sep 28, 2012, 07:15 PM

7. Binational

Adjective: Concerning or consisting of two nations.

multinational

Adjective: Including or involving several countries or individuals of several nationalities.

Same-sex couples = 2.

Is that not correct?

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Response to William769 (Reply #7)

Fri Sep 28, 2012, 07:20 PM

8. I see what you mean Will

I appreciate bi usually means two but it just didn't seem to ring right.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #8)

Fri Sep 28, 2012, 07:22 PM

9. In all honesty, they can call it what they want

As long as the outcome is the same.

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Response to William769 (Reply #9)

Fri Sep 28, 2012, 07:28 PM

10. Yes indeed

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Response to William769 (Original post)

Fri Sep 28, 2012, 08:01 PM

11. K&R - nt

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