The BIG Immigration Reform bill is edging closer and closer to the brink of existence This is wonderful and exciting news - so very overdue for huge chunks of the American populous. It's especially exciting for those of us in Bi-National relationships, marriages, and unions/partnerships. We have been heralding and proposing the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA) for a looooong time now as a way to equalize things in immigration law for spouses who could file for citizenship. It's a chasm that separates gay couples from heterosexual couples in over 1000 specific ways. A lack of federal recognition to marriage has been a sticking point not just in marriage equality - but specifically in immigration reform because of this disparagement.
This morning, I heard that just about ALL of the (mostly Democratic) Senators I have been faithfully and tirelessly lobbying with emails, phone calls, letters, pleas and presentations are responsible for cutting the UAFA aspect of the immigration reform bill. Specifically - Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Bob Menendez (D-NJ). If you'd like a nice, clear explanation of this sudden change and who is involved, check out this article:
Immigration Reform Issue
In the meantime, I'm asking my fellow humans to reach out to each and every participant in this group of "legislators" and voice their opinion. UAFA was dropped like a hot potato. Gay inclusion is out the window. It's frustrating and at the risk of sounding too simple - it's unfair. Life isn't fair, however in this country, I'm supposed to have the equality and fairness provided to all others under the law, and that's just not happening.