Tag Archives: immigration

DOMA Project: Missing Husband

More on this couple’s story is here.

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DOMA Introduced 17 Years Ago Today

DOMA Project founder Lavi Soloway tells me via email: “We used 53 days as our countdown because that is the maximum number of days left in the Court’s term. The decision can come sooner.”

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National LGBT Groups Threaten To Derail Immigration Bill Over Gay Exclusion

From a press release jointly issued by the National Center for Lesbian Rights, GLAAD, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, United We Dream and Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project: Our primary goal is to pass a commonsense, compassionate immigration reform bill that puts our nation’s undocumented men, women and children on a pathway to citizenship. That pathway would provide at least ...

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Matt Foreman On Immigration Reform

“In the early days of the HIV/AIDS crisis, the anti-gay folks divided people with the disease into moral categories. You were either ‘good’ or ‘bad’ based on how you contracted the disease; and gay people, of course, were on the bad side. The current national debate over immigration reform has a similarly disturbing, divisive and moralizing undertone that echoes those ...

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REPORT: Gay Couples Will Not Be Included In Immigration Reform Bill

The director of Immigration Equality said today that she does not expect that gay couples will be in included in the immigration reform bill about to be introduced in the US Senate. Michael Lavers reports at Washington Blade: “We are not expecting LGBT families to be included in the Gang of 8 bill,” she told the Washington Blade during a ...

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AP Drops “Illegal Immigrant”

Another change for the Associated Press style book. Illegal immigration Entering or residing in a country in violation of civil or criminal law. Except in direct quotes essential to the story, use illegal only to refer to an action, not a person: illegal immigration, but not illegal immigrant. Acceptable variations include living in or entering a country illegally or without ...

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LGBT & Undocumented

An estimated 267K people are both LGBT and undocumented.

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REPORT: 267K Undocumented Gays

According to a new report: A new study estimates that there are approximately 267,000 LGBT-identified individuals among the adult undocumented immigrant population and an estimated 637,000 LGBT-identified individuals among the adult documented immigrant population. The report finds that approximately 71 percent of undocumented LGBT adults are Hispanic and 15 percent of undocumented LGBT adults are Asian or Pacific Islander. “An ...

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Immigration Equality Activist & Lawyer Lavi Soloway Talks DOMA On MSNBC

Visit Soloway’s The DOMA Project for more information. RELATED: I finally met Soloway in person this weekend in Philly at #LGBTmedia13, where I learned that I’d been mispronouncing his first name for years. Lay-vee, not Lah-vee. Dammit.

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Romania Mocks Britain On Immigration

Romania and Bulgaria both become full European Union members (regarding the right to work) next year and the UK government is reportedly mulling plans to discourage a mass migration to Britain. In response to those reports, a Romanian ad campaign has launched in which Britain’s cuisine and climate are mocked. UPDATE: A reader clarifies that Romania and Bulgaria joined the ...

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Obama On Immigration Reform: Don’t Forget That You Used To Be Them

RELATED: Today White House spokesman Jay Carney talked about the president’s support for an LGBT-inclusive plan. “The President believes that it should be included and that should come as no surprise,” Carney said. “As we’ve said all along, this is consistent with the principles he has laid out over the last four years. And the President has long believed that ...

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President Obama To Include LGBT Couples In Immigration Reform Plan

Today President Obama will introduce his immigration reform plan and LGBT couples are expected to be included. However, gay immigration is not addressed in the Senate plan. Chris Geidner reports at Buzzfeed: A Democratic source said: “Same-sex couples will be part of his proposal.” A second source confirmed that, unlike the Senate framework released Monday, same-sex bi-national couples — those ...

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DC Gay Center To Help Asylum Seekers

Washington DC’s LGBT Community Center has launched a program to aid asylum seekers who are escaping anti-gay persecution in their home countries. Via Washington Blade: The program, called Center Global, is aimed at providing temporary housing, financial assistance and referrals to service providers for LGBT foreigners in the D.C. area who are going through the complicated process of applying for ...

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GOP Rep. Steve King Introduces Bill To End Birthright Citizenship

Tea Party hero Rep. Steve King (R-IA) has introduced a bill that would deny American citizenship to the children of undocumented immigrants. The bill would amend section 301 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to clarify those classes of individuals born in the United States who are nationals and citizens of the United States at birth. It’s generally thought that ...

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LGBT Groups Ask Obama To Hold Gay Deportations Until SCOTUS Ruling

A coalition of more than 50 LGBT and progressive groups has sent a letter to President Obama asking that he order a hold on the deportations of all gay-married foreign nationals until the Supreme Court issues its ruling on DOMA. The groups urged the president to “hold in abeyance” cases currently under consideration by federal immigration authorities of United States ...

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Photo Of The Day

SF Weekly reports: You can count on San Francisco to keep things real, and last night the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence didn’t just keep it real, they kept it really entertaining. Was it a coincidence that the sisters had dinner reservations next to the very conservative Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio (aka “America’s Toughest Sheriff”) last night at John’s Grill in ...

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Wingnuts Launch Impeachment Site

The anti-immigrant Americans for Legal Immigration have launched a site calling for the impeachment of President Obama. From their Facebook page: Listen up you tyrant Obama sycophant trolls! We are going to lead a political REVOLT and backlash that will be so huge in 2014 we are going to politically wipe out the Democrats and the liberal Republicans like Bush, ...

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Brian Brown: Pissed At Homeland Security

Hate group leader Brian Brown is ever so pissed at Homeland Security’s move to formally consider the relationship status of LGBT potential deportees. Via the Vatican puppet site EWTN News: “This is just another example of the federal government trying to skirt the Defense of Marriage Act,” said Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage. “The reality is ...

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Romney Tells Spanish TV: I Won’t Round Up “Illegal Aliens” And Deport Them

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Nebraska Follows Jan Brewer’s Lead

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman said yesterday that he too will deny driver’s licenses and public benefits to young immigrants now eligible for deferred deportation status. “They shouldn’t be here if they’re not here legally,” Heineman told reporters. “That’s the whole problem, and I’ve talked to you guys about this many, many times. When you don’t secure the border, have a ...

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