LGBT advocates hopeful on immigration bill

Washington DC rally for immigration reform. Photo: Serenae/Flickr

Washington DC rally for immigration reform. Photo: Serenae/Flickr

BY CHRIS JOHNSON
Washington Blade

The immigration reform proposal advanced by the “Gang of Eight” in the Senate is now public and lacks protections for bi-national same-sex couples, but plans are already underway to include the Uniting American Families Act at a later point during the legislative process. LGBT rights advocates are pleased with some parts of the “Gang of Eight” bill. The outline includes an expedited pathway to citizenship for young, undocumented immigrants who would be eligible under the DREAM Act, many of whom identify as LGBT.

On Tuesday, members of the bipartisan group working on comprehensive immigration reform unveiled a 19-page outline of the legislation that lays out components of the bill, including enhanced border security and a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.

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