The Hill reports that Nancy Pelosi and other House Democrats have sent a letter to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano pushing for the Department of Homeland Security to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals family ties be given equal consideration in deportation proceedings.
According to the Hill:
The letter makes two suggestions aimed at ensuring this change is implemented. First, it notes that a DHS and Department of Justice working group would be established to review deportation cases and prepare guidance for officials.
But a June memo from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which is expected to guide field officers, only discusses factors such as family relationship and makes no mention of considering LGBT ties to U.S. citizens.
"We ask that consideration of LGBT family ties be communicated in the guidance being prepared by the new DHS/DOJ working group," the letter said.
Second, the letter asks that the working group include someone "experienced in working with LGBT immigrants and their families to ensure that these factors are recognized and understood."