House Democrats Insist Bi-National Same-Sex Couples Be Protected

In letters to the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice, 69 House Democrats are calling for clarification that same-sex bi-national couples will be considered as deportation policies are reassessed. In August, the Obama administration offered new policy on allowing immigration officials to use discretion in whether to prosecute “low priority” deportations, but offered no specific guidance regarding same-sex couples. In addition to rectifying this gap in the policy, the lawmakers also ask that the working group looking at deportations include someone experienced at working with gay immigrants and their families.