Thursday, January 31, 2013

Obama's Immigration Plan Includes LGBT Families

President Obama unveiled his plan to overhaul the country's immigration procedures, including the establishment of rights for same-sex binational couples.

"I’m here because most Americans agree that it’s time to fix a system that’s been broken for way too long." President Obama said from Del Sol High School in Las Vegas Tuesday morning. "I’m here because business leaders, faith leaders, labor leaders, law enforcement, and leaders from both parties are coming together to say now is the time to find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as the land of opportunity. Now is the time to do this so we can strengthen our economy and strengthen our country’s future."

Obama's speech did not explicitly mention uniting binational LGBT families in the U.S., but his written plan does stress the need to essentially include Rep. Jerold Nadler's Uniting American Families Act in a larger immigration package, along with a clearer pathway to citizenship.

"[The proposal] also treats same-sex families as families by giving U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents the ability to seek a visa on the basis of a permanent relationship with a same-sex partner," the plan reads.

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