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14_Lt_LGBT on Sep 27, 2011

Letter: Letter on UAFA on LGBT immigrant rights
Source: Letter from 69 Members of Congress
Press release from office of Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-10)

Rep. Nadler, lead sponsor of the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA), was joined by 68 Members of Congress in pushing to protect LGBT binational families from unnecessary deportations. The 69 Members sent letters to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Attorney General Eric Holder requesting that LGBT family ties be considered in pending deportation cases involving binational same-sex couples:

Wrote the Members. "We ask that you ensure that recognition of LGBT family ties is reflected in the work of DHS and DOJ employees. Without specific guidance, it is unlikely that agency officers, agents, and attorneys making decisions about individual cases will be aware that LGBT family ties are a factor for consideration."

    Some background on UAFA:
  • UAFA would add the term "permanent partner" to sections of the Immigration and Naturalization Act that apply to married heterosexual couples.
  • This legislation would afford equal immigration benefits to permanent partners as exist for married heterosexuals, and it would impose the same restrictions.
  • Because [federal law] does not legally recognize gay and lesbian couples and their children as families, many same-sex binational couples are torn apart.
  • Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) also introduced UAFA in the Senate.
Argument in opposition: (in Huffington Post, Feb. 5, 2013)

Several Republican lawmakers have expressed strong opposition to granting same-sex couples equal immigration rights, including Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). McCain has criticized including same-sex couples in comprehensive immigration reform, saying that such a provision would kill the bill. "Which is more important: LGBT or border security?" McCain asked. "I'll tell you what my priorities are. If you're going to load it up with social issues, that is the best way to derail it, in my view."


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 12. Question 12: Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Civil Rights
  • Headline: Protect LGBT families from illegal immigrant deportation (Score: 1)
  • Headline 2: Protect LGBT families from illegal immigrant deportation (Score: 2)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 4.
  • Headline: Protect LGBT families from illegal immigrant deportation (Answer: B)
  • Headline 2: Protect LGBT families from illegal immigrant deportation (Answer: A)
  • AmericansElect Quiz Question 4 on Immigration: When you think about illegal immigration, which of the following solutions come closest to your opinion?
    • A: All illegal immigrants should be able to stay in the US legally
    • B: Most illegal immigrants should be able to stay in the US, with some exceptions
    • C: Most illegal immigrants should be deported, with some exceptions
    • D: All illegal immigrants should be deported
    • E: Unsure


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  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 14_Lt_LGBT

Gary Ackerman s1sNew York Dem./Ind./Lib. (Retiring 2012) 
Tammy Baldwin s1sWI Democratic Challenger 
Shelley Berkley s1sNevada Democrat (Senate run 2012) 
Howard Berman s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Earl Blumenauer s1sOregon Democrat 
Lois Capps s1sCalifornia Democrat (retiring 2016) 
Michael Capuano s1sMA Former Democratic Primary Senate Challenger (2009) 
Andre Carson s1sIndiana Democrat 
Judy Chu s1sCalifornia Democrat 
David Cicilline s1sRhode Island Democrat 
Yvette Clarke s1sNew York Democrat 
Joe Courtney s1sConnecticut Democrat 
Joseph Crowley s1sNew York Democrat 
Susan Davis s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Diana DeGette s1sColorado Democrat 
Mike Doyle s1sPennsylvania Democrat 
Eliot Engel s1sNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Anna Eshoo s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Sam Farr s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Bob Filner s1sCalifornia Democrat (Mayoral run 2011) 
Barney Frank s1sMassachusetts Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
John Garamendi s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Raul Grijalva s1sArizona Democrat 
Luis Gutierrez s1sIllinois Democrat 
Alcee Hastings s1sFlorida Democrat 
Brian Higgins s1sNew York Democrat 
Jim Himes s1sConnecticut Democrat 
Maurice Hinchey s1sNew York Dem/Working-Fam.(Retired 2012) 
Rush Holt s1sNew Jersey Democrat (retiring 2014) 
Mike Honda s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Steve Israel s1sNew York Democrat 
Jesse Louis Jackson s1sIllinois Democrat (Resigned 2013) 
Hank Johnson s1sGeorgia Democrat 
Rick Larsen s1sWashington Democrat 
John Larson s1sConnecticut Democrat 
Barbara Lee s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Sander Levin s1sMichigan Democrat 
John Lewis s1sGeorgia Democrat 
Zoe Lofgren s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Carolyn Maloney s1sNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Doris Matsui s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Jim McDermott s1sWashington Democrat 
Jim McGovern s1sMassachusetts Democrat 
Gwen Moore s1sWisconsin Democrat 
James Moran s1sVirginia Democrat (retiring 2014) 
Jerrold Nadler s2wNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
Eleanor Holmes Norton s1sDistrict of Columbia Democrat 
John Olver s1sMassachusetts Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Nancy Pelosi s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Gary Peters s1sMI Democratic Challenger 
Chellie Pingree s1sMaine Democrat 
Jared Polis s1sColorado Democrat 
Mike Quigley s1sIllinois Democrat 
Steven Rothman s1sNew Jersey Democrat 
Lucille Roybal-Allard s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Jan Schakowsky s1sIllinois Democrat 
Adam Schiff s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Jose Serrano s1sNew York Democrat/Liberal 
David Adam Smith s1sWashington Democrat 
Jackie Speier s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Ed Towns s1sNew York Democrat/Liberal (Retiring) 
Niki Tsongas s1sMassachusetts Democrat 
Nydia Velazquez s1sNew York Democrat/Working-Families 
Debbie Wasserman Schultz s1sFlorida Democrat 
Henry Waxman s1sCalifornia Democrat (retiring 2014) 
Peter Welch s1sVermont Democrat 
Lynn Woolsey s1sCalifornia Democrat (Retiring 2012) 



Republicans participating in 14_Lt_LGBT



Independents participating in 14_Lt_LGBT



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 67
Republicans: 0
Independents: 0


















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