In a disappointing but hardly surprising move, the Senate immigration bill being put together by the so-called “gang of 8” will not include any provisions to assist binational gay couples, The Washington Blade reports:
Immigration Equality Executive Director Rachel Tiven on Monday said she does not expect same-sex couples will be included in the comprehensive immigration reform bill a bi-partisan group of senators could potentially introduce by the end of the week. “We are not expecting LGBT families to be included in the Gang of 8 bill,” she told the Washington Blade during a conference call ahead of a rally in support of comprehensive immigration reform on Wednesday that is expected to draw tens of thousands of people to the U.S. Capitol. “That in our minds means that of course the bill is incomplete.”
Same sex couples of mixed nationality suffer real hardship and pain in this country, often being forced to separate or leave the country to stay together. Leaving them out of the final bill would be a travesty.