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    July 16, 2009

    "Gratuitous cruelty" by the US

    Posted by: Andoni

    Steve and Joe

    "This is simply gratuitous cruelty. It serves no interest of the United States to be cruel to these people."
    That's how Congressman Jerrold Nadler describes the situation for the latest bi-national couple to undergo forced separation by the United States due to its arcane immigration laws.

    You can read the full story in today's Metro Weekly.

    In summary, Steve and Joe have been together for 9 years. They are legally partnered in DC and legally married in Connecticut. Steve is a US citizen and Joe was born in Indonesia but was educated in the US and has been here on a student visa and then a work visa, always legally. He was days away from gaining his permanent residency (green card), but was just laid off, which stops everything and gives him 30 days to leave the country. If Joe were a woman, the marriage would be recognized and he/she would have gotten a green card within a month or two of the marriage.

    However, in the United States, the government does not recognize any gay relationship for immigration purposes.

    I think "gratuitous cruelty" is the exact right description for this inhuman treatment.

    I you think so too, please call and write your Senators and Congressperson to co-sponsor the Uniting American Familes Act -- UAFA, S 424 (Senate) or HR 1024 (House). Also tell them that gay and lesbian families must be part of any comprehensive immigration reform bill Congress passes.

    There are few things in life as painful as the tearing apart of a family. Just imagine how angry you would be if this happened to you. Yes, "gratuitous cruelty" is a perfect description.

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    1. Tom on Jul 22, 2009 11:48:50 PM:

      Please get in touch regarding Rep. David Scott. Just read something on the Immigration Equality Blog about this and I'd like to help with this.

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      This is a topic I write frequently about. I am a critic of the current leadership or lack thereof. We rely so stupidly on a handful of people who steer the strategy without any authority of the community. That is why it is essential we lobby as individuals as well- as I did this week in DC. It was extremely productive - please read my blog above - also my other POSTS on immigration can be found At www.oblogdeeoblogda.wordpress.com I am a fan of the repeal of DOMA and am now worried that the piecmeal legislation is simply usurping our resources/

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