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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Scott Fujita's Op-Ed on LGBT Equality in Immigration Issues

Posted By on Thu, Nov 4, 2010 at 4:22 PM

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Scott Fujita is a mensch. The Browns linebacker co-penned an op-ed piece in the San Francisco Chronicle with Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA) supporting LGBT equality in immigration issues, specifically with respect to Honda's Reuniting Families Act which "allows all Americans to be reunited with their families. That includes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender permanent partners.""

Here's a snippet. Read the whole thing for yourself.

Limiting immigration flows has proved to be economically unsound and harmful to American families. Lengthy waits waste precious government resources and can discourage potential applicants from using legal channels to join their families in the United States.

Yet our family-based immigration system has not been updated in 20 years. Nearly 6 million people are stuck in perpetual waiting, which is both unproductive and inexcusable. Five-year separations are quite common; so are 20-year estrangements from siblings and elderly parents.

Waits are so long that families receiving visas often find that their children have to reapply as adults and go to the back of the line. These administrative backlogs disproportionately affect Asians, Latinos and women.

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