LGBT Inclusions in Immigration: Posturing or Real?

Published: October 4, 2010

LGBT concerns were included this month in a new immigration reform bill introduced to Congress, but they were not part of President Obama’s words in support of that bill and some say the bill is just a mid-term election tool.

Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) introduced the new bill—the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010—on October 1. His key co-sponsor is Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). It is the language of Leahy’s own “Uniting American Families Act” (UAFA) that is included in Menendez’s bill.

Neither Menendez nor President Obama, who supports the Menendez bill, identified the LGBT-related language in their public statements.

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