I support gay rights. Same-sex couples should have all the rights of heterosexual couples, and discrimination of any type must not be tolerated. But the marriage equality movement's desire for same-sex couples to be included in immigration reform is a recipe for disaster.
What is "secure" about a border where people are losing their lives? And what is "comprehensive" about immigration reform that not only fails to address the humanitarian crisis on the border, but also reproduces the same policies that led to it in the first place?
Some knee-jerk immigration advocates would have the American public believe that nothing less than a speedy "path to citizenship" for 11 million illegal immigrants is the only just and humane solution to our dysfunctional immigration system. Nonsense.
Long before immigration reform was the hot topic it is today, Judy Rickard and her wife, Karin Bogliolo, were in the trenches spreading the word about the harsh reality for same-sex binational couples trying to remain together in the U.S.
President Obama, you can ensure that Becky and Sanne's green card petition is not denied but put on hold until either the Supreme Court strikes down the Defense of Marriage Act or Congress passes an immigration reform bill that includes the gay partner provision you put forward.
Despite advances at the state level, same-sex spouses were nothing more than strangers to each other in the eyes of the federal government. One group that has suffered these harsh repercussions is gay and lesbian Americans with foreign spouses.
The U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services issued a memorandum last week that updates the Adjudicator's Field Manual, a guide binding all agency staff overseeing immigration procedures. USCIS will now issue immigration documents that reflect an individual's gender identity.
While the White House has said it cannot approve green cards for lesbian and gay spouses because of DOMA, what it has failed to tell the LGBT community is that it can hold those applications -- rather than deny them -- as the courts and Congress decide DOMA's ultimate fate.
Soviet central planners, whom Brin's family sought to escape, tried to predict demand for goods and services with catastrophic consequences. American immigration officials shouldn't harbor the same conceit. It's time to end this charade.