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Changes To Immigration Policy Will Allow Some Same-Sex Partners Avoid Deportation

Jim Burroway

August 18th, 2011

From the Washington Blade:

The Obama administration unveiled on Thursday new immigration policy that could enable many undocumented immigrants facing deportation to stay within the United States — a move that could enable bi-national same-sex couples at the risk of separation to stay together within the country.

Under the new guidance, immigration authorities within the Obama administration will conduct a case-by-case review of the approximately 300,000 undocumented immigrants facing possible deportation to determine which cases are high priority and low priority. Those who have been convicted of crimes or pose a security risk will be a higher priority for deportation, while those who are deemed lower priority will be taken out of the pipeline.

…”The prosecutorial discretion memo provides for the use of discretion for people with strong community ties, with community contributions and with family relationships,” the official said. “We consider LGBT families to be families in this context.”

Chris Geidner at Metro Weekly also digs into the details.

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lurker
August 19th, 2011 | LINK

beautiful.

jOHN
August 19th, 2011 | LINK

hum…the government to decide what a family is…not sounding like a very idea to me…

Mark F.
August 19th, 2011 | LINK

There is a case here in San Francisco where a man in the country legally and caring for his husband is about to be deported when his visa expires.

http://www.ktvu.com/news/28819287/detail.html

lurker
August 19th, 2011 | LINK

jOHN –

The government DOES decide what a family is (for lots of purposes) all the time. Nothing is going to change that, it’s baked in. It’s high time that it recognizes our families when we need them to do so.

Mark F.
August 23rd, 2011 | LINK

Obama is just saying the law will not be enforced in some cases. This policy still leaves illegal immigrants in a no man’s land.

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