Monday, August 24, 2009

Action Alert: Immigration Reform

Members of Congress are writing a comprehensive immigration reform bill right now that will fix our country's broken immigration system. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced that he will complete the bill by Labor Day, and it is critically important that he, and other lawmakers, hear from us about the need to include LGBT families in the legislation.

Every day, more than 36,000 lesbian and gay families are impacted by discriminatory immigration policies. Families, like those recently featured in The Advocate, are forced to leave the United States or be split apart - because U.S. immigration law does not allow lesbian and gay Americans to sponsor their partners and children for residency. For each of those families, the clock is ticking.

By speaking out now, you will help ensure a critical victory for your LGBT loved ones and their families. And by supporting truly comprehensive immigration reform, we can be part of an historic effort that helps millions of other families, too.

Click here to take action and encourage Congress to include LGBT families in comprehensive immigration reform.

Please be sure to visit www.thomas.gov and type in H.R. 1024 and S. 424 to see if your member has co-sponsored these bills - if they have please send a note to thank them.

Congress needs to know you support comprehensive immigration reform that includes LGBT individuals and their families. You can make a difference by taking a few minutes to share your story with your congress members.

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