Unifying Families With Immigration Reform

Huff Post Gay Voices
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April 11, 2013

As advocates for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, we understand how crucial it is that our immigration system work to unify all families.

As we continue to wait for the introduction of legislation to overhaul and fix our broken immigration system, one of the yardsticks by which we will measure its success is whether it is able to address the devastating separations of families allowed under the current system.

Right now, that fundamental tenet of the immigration experience is under attack. There has been speculation that forthcoming legislation will include a drastic and unacceptable reduction in the number of family sponsorship visas that will be made available to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to sponsor adult children, siblings and even parents.

Yesterday GLAAD and 25 other LGBT organizations issued a public statement of solidarity for immigration reform. This is a column by the executive directors of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA), and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) advocating for fair and humane immigration reforms that include family unification.