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Editor's Comments of the Day
Imagine a couple preparing for their interview at INS. They gather the lease for the
apartment they share, evidence of their joint bank accounts and credit card accounts,
photos of them together at various family functions, mail addressed to them jointly.
Sounds like it will be an easy interview? Not if they happen to be a same-sex couple.
US Immigration law currently has no provision which would allow an American citizen to
petition for a lifetime partner in a committed relationship if the two people happen to
be of the same gender. The INS devotes a lot of effort to determining whether or not a
couple has as bona fide marriage. They look to much more than just a marriage license.
They examine the details of a couple's day-to-day lives to probe the validity of the
relationship. Isn't it time to give gay and lesbian couples the right to the frustrating
delays and intrusive questions straight couples endure to prove the bona fides of a
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Immigration News of the Day
Government May Change Immigration Laws to Cover IT Skills Shortage
The Australian Financial Review reports that the Australian government will consider changing
immigration laws in order to help combat the shortage of technology specialists in the country.
Immigrants: The Facts
An article on theage.com.au website discusses what should be done about the family reunion and
humanitarian side of immigration in Australia especially in terms of welfare needs and the sponsorship
US Law Prohibits Gays from Sponsoring Partners for Immigration
The Dallas Morning News looks at the struggle that gay Americans face against US immigration law
since Congress does not recognize same-sex marriages, and gays and lesbians in long-term relationships
cannot sponsor their partners. Advocates of more-restrictive immigration laws say opening up another
avenue for immigration would increase the potential for fraud and they contend that a federal bill
introduced earlier this year to address this issue is misdirected.
Mexico's Fox Outlines His Plans for Nation, U.S. Relations
The Seattle Times reports that Mexico's president-elect
Fox acknowledges that both Mexican and US border and
immigration policies have been flawed. Fox pledges to
eliminate the posturing and tension in US-Mexico relations
over the shared border, where immigration incidents
have sometimes broken into violence in recent months.
ILW.COM Highlights of the Day
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ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day
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aspects of immigration law.
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