Obama administration issues written deportation guidelines

Homeland SecurityBY CHRIS JOHNSON
Washington Blade

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.

The memorandum from U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement was long sought by LGBT advocates and lawmakers seeking greater protection for bi-national same-sex couples, who may be faced with separation under the nation’s current immigration code if the immigrant in the relationship doesn’t have legal status in the United States. It was originally obtained exclusively by the Washington Blade Tuesday and can be downloaded here.

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