Adding another wrinkle to the already-daunting of task of passing a comprehensive immigration reform bill through Congress, liberal activists are calling for any such legislation to also recognize gay families under the family reunification provisions of the prospective legislation.
“It must include all of our families,” said Mee Moua, president of the Asian American Justice Center, at a forum Monday hosted at the National Press Club by the Service Employees International Union and the NAACP. This includes “LGBT families,” she added. The acronym stands for lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender.
Others at the event, including SEIU President Mary Kay Henry and NAACP President Benjamin Jealous, nodded along to Moua’s statement.
A press release by the Fair Immigration Reform Movement passed out at the event expressed various concerns regarding Senate proposals for reform. Those concerns included included: “We are also disappointed by the exclusion of the Uniting American Families Act to ensure fair treatment of LGBT families from this bill.” This a reference to proposed legislation that would include same-sex couples under existing laws regarding immigrants who marry U.S. citizens or permanent residents.