Finally, the Obama administration has enforced ICE (US. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) to treat same-sex couples as heterosexual couples when dealing with deportation. Same-sex couples are to be considered family members, in the same way heterosexual couples are perceived by immigration.
As a result, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been ordered to implement this ideal to its field offices. Now, the definition of “family relationships” includes long-term, same-sex partners. No longer will same-sex couples and their families feel ambiguity when dealing with a deportation process; in fact, Homeland Security now offers same-sex couples and their families a sense of clarity that gives them a little confidence in their separation cases.
This has been a tremendous accomplishment for same-sex couples. Immigration Equality’s director Rachel B. Tiven said in a statement on Friday, “until now, LGBT families and their lawyers had nothing to rely on but an oral promise that prosecutorial discretion would include all families. Today, DHS has responded to Congress and made that promise real.”
However, as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, states that a next step needs to be taken in order to fully protect gay-marriage rights. The Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, which forbids federal recognition of same-sex marriage and extension of federal benefits, such as Social Security, to gay and lesbian couples, needs to be exterminated from the United States legislation. There seems to be major controversy within U.S. politicians around eliminating DOMA completely, foreshadowing a major political battle dealing not only with immigrant same-sex marriages but the entire LGBT community’s rights, as well. A second step needs to be taken in order to appropriately uphold the constitutionality of nation’s federal legislation.
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