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Change in immigration policy could benefit same-sex binational couples

Monday, August 22, 2011

The Obama Administration has announced it plans to implement changes in U.S. immigration policy, the result of which could benefit bi-national same-sex couples.

Though no specific mention of gay and lesbian couples were made in the announcement, the Obama Administration said Thursday it planned to review each of the 300,000 deportation cases it has scheduled, and plans to not deport “low threat” cases.

Sources have quietly acknowledged that “low threat” cases includes same-sex couples:

Under the new guidance, immigration authorities within the Obama administration will conduct a case-by-case review of the approximately 300,000 undocumented immigrants facing possible deportation to determine which cases are high priority and low priority. Those who have been convicted of crimes or pose a security risk will be a higher priority for deportation, while those who are deemed lower priority will be taken out of the pipeline.

Administration officials will weigh a person’s ties and contributions to the community and family relationships. During an on background conference call with media outlets on Thursday, a senior administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said these criteria are inclusive of LGBT families and same-sex couples.

“The prosecutorial discretion memo provides for the use of discretion for people with strong community ties, with community contributions and with family relationships,” the official said. “We consider LGBT families to be families in this context.”

Think Progress reported that the new process is a result of a long-standing administration policy to ensure that the nation is “not clogging the system with folks who are not maximum priorities,” according to a senior administration official.

Lower-priority deportation cases “are being set aside so we can focus more on our more serious cases of convicted criminals and other high priority categories.”

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13 more reader comments:

  1. Finally.

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 12:19am
  2. So how about Same-Sex Marriage in Minnesota? : )

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 12:21am
  3. Hopefully they will look at the low profiles and realize that DOMA is the only thing holding back the same sex couples. Then they can get rid of that shit.

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 12:24am
  4. i’m on my phone so i cant read the article, but does this mean i can get myself a russian bride??? that would be awesome!!!

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 12:24am
  5. pleasepleaseplease!as captain picard would say”Make it so”-apologize for the Trec bit-it’s late & imma nerd <3

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 12:28am
  6. God Created Adam & Eve NOT Adam & Steve!

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 1:49am
  7. ^ What’s the point of posting this on here?

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 3:13am
  8. Yippee, by the look of your hairstyle, name, and taste in music, I’ll assume that was a joke. Sorry to break it to you, it wasn’t funny. Anyways…good to hear the administration is finally using the discretion they said they would for the longest time…

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 3:21am
  9. Its a step forward. Im an imigrant n am marrying an american. She is the love of my life I couldnt imagine getting seperated

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 4:00am
  10. It’s about time. And while I’m happy this has happened, I’m disappointed that the Obama Administration doesn’t openly say they will leave LGBT folks alone. Why not? They seem to like it when we vote for them. I guess we’re like the butter face that’s worth a few moments of drunk love, but is disposable in daylight. I feel so used.

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 9:10pm
  11. Adam n steve is a good movie

    Posted on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 4:05am
  12. Yippee – who created Steve then?

    Posted on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 5:47am
  13. I cant wait for something to happen asap bcs i want to spend the rest of my life with man that i love. Life in the US is getting harder and harder

    Posted on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 1:27pm