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Jeh Johnson

Key official in ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal confirmed as Homeland Security secretary

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
WASHINGTON — Democrats used their newly initiated lower threshold for defeating filibusters Monday to win Senate confirmation of President Barack Obama's nomination of former top Pentagon lawyer Jeh C. Johnson to be Secretary of Homeland Security. [ Read more → ]

Homeland Security employee behind racist, homophobic website

Thursday, August 22, 2013
WASHINGTON -- A Homeland Security employee is the operator of a racist and homophobic website predicting and advocating a race war, a department official said Thursday. [ Read more → ]
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano

Napolitano: Homeland Security to process same-sex immigration benefits

Monday, July 1, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the government will start reviewing applications for green cards and other immigration benefits for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)File photo by Michael Key, Washington Blade

Gillibrand leads renewed call to help bi-national couples

Friday, January 18, 2013
The junior senator from New York is taking up the lead on a renewed call for administrative action to help bi-national same-sex couples in anticipation of a ruling from the Supreme Court on the Defense of Marriage Act. In a letter sent out Thursday, Sen.... [ Read more → ]

Obama administration issues written deportation guidelines

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
New guidance from the Department of Homeland Security stipulating that gay and lesbian bi-national couples are families spells out three criteria for immigration officials who are determining whether to exercise prosecutorial discretion in potential deportation cases. [ Read more → ]
Janet Napolitano

DHS to spell out LGBT protections in guidance to immigration officials

Friday, September 28, 2012
The Department of Homeland Security intends to spell out in written guidance that immigration officers should consider “long-term, same-sex partners” as families when considering whether to exercise prosecutorial discretion in the potential deportation of an undocumented immigrant. [ Read more → ]

Despite assurances, LGBT advocates want more for bi-national couples

Tuesday, August 7, 2012
The issue of keeping married bi-national gay couples together in the United States is receiving fresh attention as LGBT advocates call for more action beyond a recent statement from the Department of Homeland Security saying being in a same-sex marriage is a factor in determining whether a potential deportee should be able to stay in the country. [ Read more → ]

New DHS guidance on immigration omits same-sex couples

Friday, November 18, 2011
WASHINGTON D.C. -- About 35 transgender activists and their supporters walked in picket lines on Thursday outside the headquarters of the D.C. Police Department and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to draw attention to what they say is an unacceptably high rate of violence against transgender people in the city. [ Read more → ]

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. [ Read more → ]

Complaint alleges LGBT immigrants abused while in U.S. custody

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
The Heartland Alliance National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) on Wednesday filed 13 complaints alleging human rights abuses against LGBT immigrants recently and currently held in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers. [ Read more → ]
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