Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) applauded the White House's new blueprint for comprehensive immigration reform, a framework which includes a direct pathway to citizenship for more than 11 million undocumented immigrants, and a family reunification proposal that specifically includes bi-national LGBT couples. Nadler, the longtime sponsor of the Uniting American Families Act to provide immigration rights to bi-national LGBT families, issued the following statement:
"I commend President Obama for a comprehensive and inclusive proposal to solve some of the most vexing issues in American society. For 11 million immigrants who are stuck in the margins of the law, for tens of thousands of bi-national LGBT families caught in immigration purgatory, and for the many seeking to make an honest go at the American Dream, these principles of immigration reform are tremendously important. What is clear is that U.S. immigration policies must be drastically overhauled to ensure that they always support stable families, strengthen communities and local economies, provide labor and jobs without exploitation, and, above all, are fair and non-discriminatory. I welcome this framework and look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to pass meaningful and inclusive comprehensive immigration reform."