The presence of 12 million undocumented workers in the US reflects employers’ demand for workers combined with insufficient opportunities for legal immigration. Yet policies applied to legal immigration and policies applied to undocumented immigrants have become conflated, despite presenting entirely different concerns. While too few legal immigrants are being admitted today, undocumented workers have been subject to abuse in the workplace and in our prisons. At the same time, the nation has yet to devise a temporary worker program that does not expose the immigrants to workplace and community discrimination and harassment. The workers have a well-founded fear of deportation if they complain of abuse. Policies to address the needs of these two kinds of immigrants must be treated separately and distinctly.
U.S. citizens and legal permanent resident can sponsor their spouses and other family members under the Immigration and Nationality Act. Unless you're spouse is the same sex. Same-sex partners of U.S citizens are not considered legal spouses and are therefore excluded from family-based immigration rules.
The Uniting American Families Act would amend immigration law so that same-sex families torn apart by this injustice can be reunited.
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