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UAFA introduction today in House and Senate

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The Uniting American Families Act (UAFA) will be introduced today. There's a press conference on the House side early this afternoon. Via press release from Rep. Nadler:

Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, and Representatives John Conyers (D-MI), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Jared Polis (D-CO), Mike Honda (D-CA), Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), Jackie Speier (D-CA), and others will announce the re-introduction of the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA). This overdue legislation would allow gay and lesbian Americans to sponsor their permanent partners for legal residency in the United States, a right currently enjoyed only by married heterosexuals under immigration law. Because the U.S. does not legally recognize gay and lesbian couples and their children as families, many same-sex binational couples are torn apart. The announcement will take place at 1:00pm on Thursday, April 14th at the House Triangle in Washington D.C.

Joining the Members will be national LGBT advocates and leaders on LGBT immigration issues, as well as Shirley Tan and Jay Mercado, a same-sex California couple, and their children Joriene and Jashley. The recent immigration plight of the Tan/Mercado family drew national attention and dramatically highlighted the urgency to pass UAFA.

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) will be introducing UAFA in the Senate.
Last year, Immigration Equality produced a video about Shirley Tan and Jay Mercado:

President Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano could stop the deportations.

Getting rid of DOMA will help these families, too.

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