Government Closes Deportation Case Against Lesbian Couple

In August, the Obama administration announced that it would review all 300,000 active deportation cases to ensure that they are consistent with the nation’s enforcement priorities and today the DOMA project reports that “Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) has closed a deportation case involving a married same-sex couple.” Immigration Judge Terry Bain has “granted a Joint Motion to Administratively Close Removal Proceedings against Argentinean born lesbian, Monica Alcota, because ‘good cause has been established.'” The 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage and prevents same-sex couples from petitioning the federal government for the same immigration benefits that are afforded to separate-sex couples.