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Clarity for LGBT Families


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Today, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that she would direct U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to issue written guidance to field offices codifying that LGBT family ties would be recognized in immigration cases. The directive by Secretary Napolitano is welcome and will provide a measure of clarity and confidence to families dealing with separation in immigration cases. In August, I was pleased to join my colleagues Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA) and 81 additional Members of Congress calling on DHS to recognize, explicitly and in writing, the ties of a same-sex partner or spouse as a positive factor for discretionary relief in immigration enforcement deportation cases. To read our letter, please visit my website.

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