Anthony Sullivan, a 72-year-old gay immigrant, will ask the Los Angeles Field Office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to reopen his marriage-based green card petition which this same office denied four decades ago.
The visas will be issued to couples who were married in a jurisdiction that legally recognizes marriages of same-sex couples, even if the visa application is filed in a location that does not recognize those marriages.
GLAAD and other LGBT groups call on Congress to maintain family unity at the heart of immigration reform. The groups support changes to the immigration bill that will provide an accessible pathway to citizenship, and ardently oppose draconian amendments that would make immigrants permanent second-class citizens.
Today is Mother’s Day and in honor of my mother and undocumented mothers across the country I commit to continue to fight to ensure they are protected from deportations and are not left out from a pathway to citizenship. She inspired me to have the courage to say proudly and unashamedly: I am queer and undocumented. I am UndocuQueer.