Good news has come for binational same-sex couples, according to ProudParenting.com, now that the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security has advised immigration agents to provide same-sex couples the same legal advantages as heterosexual binational couples in deportation cases.
Secretary Janet Napolitano made the announcement which boosts the Obama administration’s previous stance on same-sex binational couples promising not to treat the deportation of foreign born members of a same-sex couple as a priority.
Under the previous guidelines issued in June of last year, immigration agents were permitted to consider “ties and contributions to the community, including family relationships” when evaluating a pending deportation case. Napolitano took the next step and clarified who could be considered under the term “family relationships” specifying that “long-term same-sex partners” were to be included in this category.
This step was of great significance, because now the administration’s promise is in writing and can provide same-sex binational couples with more solid footing in their cases.