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    February 06, 2009

    It's UAFA time again

    Posted by: Andoni

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    Immigration Equality has just announced that the Uniting American Families Act of 2009 (UAFA) will be introduced into the House of Representatives by lead sponsor Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) on February 13. Because it's a new Congress this legislation must be re-introduced anew.

    Last year this bill had 118 co-sponsors. The goal is to get all those co-sponsors back and then some, to make a good showing when the bill is introduced. So action is necessary. Please find out the name of your Congressperson, then call them by going through the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224- 3121 and ask your representative to co-sponsor this legislation. If your Congressperson was a co-sponsor last year, ask them to become an original co-sponsor this time by calling Congressman Nadler's office by February 12 to add their name.

    Here's the spiel when you talk to your representative:

    "The US government discriminates against gay and lesbian binational couples by not allowing us to sponsor our foreign-born life partner for immigration. Because of this, we face the terrible choice of separating from the person we love or leaving our country. As Americans, we should not have to choose between family and country. Please co-sponsor the Uniting American Families Act of 2009 before February 12. Thank you."

    It was very encouraging to see Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solmonese reference UAFA in today's Washington Blade as one of the legislative priorities they hoped to work with President Obama on and see passed in the near future.

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    Comments

    1. J on Feb 6, 2009 3:32:47 PM:

      I want to thank you for bringing this to my attention. I gave my rep a call, and I'm urging my friends and family to do the same. Thanks again for reporting this!

    1. dimitri on Feb 8, 2009 6:06:07 PM:

      Join the Impact is trying to round up some support for the UAFA. If we get 100+ replies they will establish a UAFA task force at Join the Impact to push for the UAFA. So show your support by replying to this thread:

      http://jointheimpact.wetpaint.com/thread/2379639/Equal+Immigration+Rig

    1. Chris on Feb 9, 2009 7:16:06 PM:

      A national coalition of LGBT-rights groups, including Immigration Equality, Marriage Equality USA, Out4Immigration, Join the Impact and Love Exiles have partnered to spread this message to their respective groups. Strength in numbers! P.S. it's actually being introduced on Thursday, Feb 12!

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