While some immigration rights advocates cheered the passage of a new immigration reform bill on Tuesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee, LGBT groups are angry over Democrats’ refusing to pursue an amendment guaranteeing undocumented immigrants same-sex couples the right to petition for family visas.
“Instead of eliminating years of exclusion of LGBT people from the immigration system, they decided to take a stance with the Republican party, not with their base,” GetEQUAL co-director Felipe Sousa-Rodríguez told The Raw Story on Wednesday. “I think that they should be held accountable to that.”
Rodríguez singled out Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) for criticism, calling for LGBT leaders to distance themselves from the latter in a statement released on Tuesday.
For its part, the the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and a group of LGBT and immigration advocacy organizations had kind words for Leahy in a joint statement posted on GLAAD’S website.