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Same-Sex Immigration Policy Good for Immigrant Families

Same-Sex Immigration Policy Good for Immigrant Families

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The National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights (NCIWR) applauds the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s decision to recognize same-sex partners as family members in deportation cases.

“This is a significant decision that will provide families with some relief as they deal with challenging immigration issues,” said Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH), one of the two organizations that lead NCIWR. “Families are stronger when they are together and not facing separation, which ultimately benefits the communities they call home.”

“To see the federal government interpret the phrase ‘family relationship’ to include same-sex couples in immigration cases is truly a major shift in policy,” said Miriam Yeung, executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), an NCIWR co-leading organization. “LGBTQ immigrants in a long-term relationship with a U.S. citizen deserve the same rights and benefits given to heterosexual couples in the same circumstance.”

We will look to the U.S. Supreme Court next as it makes a decision on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, which could further empower same-sex couples by allowing the federal government to extend federal benefits such as social security.