Saturday, March 21, 2009

Uniting American Families Act


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This bill (H.R. 2221) and S.1328 before Congress need to become a law. Here is one very good reason why (emphasis mine):
Senator John F. Kerry is urging the US attorney general to reunite a gay married couple in Massachusetts who were separated in 2007 when a federal judge ordered one of the men to return to Brazil.

Genesio "Junior" Oliveira, who is married to Haverhill advertising agency owner Tim Coco, returned home in August 2007 after he lost his asylum case and appeal, which was based on his story that he had suffered a brutal rape and discrimination in Brazil.

In a letter this week, Kerry asked Attorney General Eric Holder to overrule the lower court and grant Oliveira asylum. In the letter, Kerry criticized Immigration Judge Francis Cramer for rejecting the asylum plea even though Cramer had found the testimony credible. Kerry said it was "outrageous" that Cramer noted that Oliveira was not physically harmed by the rape.

"The injustice of the initial denial of Junior's asylum claim continues to this day," Kerry wrote in the letter. "I hope that you will review this case and determine that the denial of Junior's asylum claim was in error and let him return to this country."

As head of the Department of Justice, Holder oversees the immigration courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals. Holder will review the letter and respond to Kerry, spokesman Charles Miller said yesterday. [Boston Globe]
Following is an interview with Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), the chief author of the House bill. This legislation is part of MY gay agenda. If you support this bill too, please write President Obama and your representatives in Congress.


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