U.S. citizens can sponsor their foreign-born spouses for immigration but this option is not open to those who cannot legally get married. This predominantly affects (but is not limited to) same-sex couples. About 36,000 couples are affected by this legal limbo, and of those, 47% are raising at least one minor-aged child. The Uniting American Families Act (UAFA) would rectify this inequity by allowing all U.S. citizens and permanent legal residents to sponsor their foreign-born partners for immigration to the U.S.
The UAFA is about family unification. Loving couples should not have to choose between staying together and staying in the U.S. Their children should not have to choose between losing a parent or being forced to emigrate out of the only country they've ever known.
Immigration Equality Action Fund keeps track of legislation and press coverage, shares stories and offers opportunities for action on UAFA.
"Family, Unvalued: Discrimination, Denial, and the Fate of Binational Same-Sex Couples under U.S. Law" (PDF, 191 pages)
From Human Rights Watch and Immigration Equality, this resource provides in depth analysis of the ways in which same-sex binational couples are denied the same rights as hetero couples.
The Unitarian Universalist Association is a member of the Faith Coalition in support of UAFA (PDF).
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Last updated on Tuesday, October 11, 2011.
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