Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force/L.A.
P.O. Box 2329 / Los Angeles, CA 90078-2329
voice: 323.526.2915 / fax: 323.993.7653 / e-mail: email@example.com
NEWSLETTER: MARCH 2000
Please join us on Wednesday, February 15 at 7 pm for Immigration Equality’s next general meeting. We will meet at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center (1625 North Schrader Boulevard in Hollywood, 2 blocks west of Cahuenga and ½ block south of Hollywood) in Room 204 (2nd floor). Look for signs and/or ask at the front desk for Room 204.
YOU ARE INVITED TO “EMIGRATING TO CANADA: AN INFORMAL CHAT WITH THE CANADIAN CONSUL FOR IMMIGRATION” AT THE L.A. GAY & LESBIAN CENTER ON MARCH 30
The Canadian Consulate General in Los Angeles, in cooperation with the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Immigration Law Project, will present a seminar on Canadian immigration policies and procedures on Thursday, March 30, 6-8 pm, at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center (1625 North Schrader Boulevard in Hollywood). Please call to reserve seating. The number is (323) 993-7670, ext. 3. Please see attached flyer for additional details.
On Valentine's Day 2000, Immigration Equality--the L.A. chapter of the Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force--organized a rally at the Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles to raise awareness about the plight of same-sex binational couples under current U.S. immigration law. Addressing this crucial issue were Ron Buckmire (Immigration Equality), Morris Kight (pioneer activist), Charles Lago & Chip Snell (same-sex binational couple facing deportation), Tim Miller (performance artist), Michael Nielsen (aide to Congressman Xavier Becerra/original co-sponsor of H.R. 3650), The Very Rev. Warren Nyback (Bishop's Liaison to the Lesbian & Gay Community, Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles), Myron Dean Quon (Lambda Legal), and Lynette Sperber (PFLAG). In a heartwrenching performance piece, Tim Miller and his students dramatized the devastating reality of being torn apart that same-sex binational couples face on a daily basis.
HR 3650: “PERMANENT PARTNERS IMMIGRATION ACT OF 2000”
Also on February 14, 2000, Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) introduced legislation in Congress that would provide to same-sex couples all the immigration benefits that accrue to legal spouses under current laws. U.S. citizens can sponsor their foreign national husbands or wives to immigrate on the basis of the spousal relationship. U.S. citizens in committed relationships with foreigners of the same sex, however, can not sponsor their partners, no matter how long the couple has been together nor how committed their relationship.
The United Kingdom, Canada, and South Africa are among 13 nations that already provide such benefits.
The Board of Immigration Equality wishes Chaz Llanos well as he embarks on his new endeavor outside California, and would like to extend its appreciation to Chaz for his work with Immigration Equality on the "Love Knows No Borders" campaign.
He set an example of immigrant empowerment: as someone directly affected by the discrimination in U.S. immigration laws against same-sex binational couples, Chaz channeled his frustration with the status quo into Immigration Equality's effort to help change the law. He can rest assured that Immigration Equality will continue to move forward with the next phase of the "Love Knows No Borders" campaign and begin to work on other exciting projects.
"Love Knows No Borders" campaign can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. LKNB’s web site—http://loveknowsnoborders.homepage.com--includes moving stories of many same-sex binational couples struggling with discriminatory U.S. immigration laws. We would also like to hear from our straight supporters!
IMMIGRATION RESOURCES AVAILABLE ON THE WEB
The Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force, our parent organization, has a website at http://www.lgirtf.org
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, which has an Asylum Project, is at http://www.iglhrc.org/
Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, the most prominent U.S. organization devoted to lesbian and gay legal issues, has a section of its website devoted to immigration at http://www.lambdalegal.org/
The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Immigration Law Project provides consultations with immigration attorneys in its evening legal clinic. For more information on making an appointment, see the “Legal Services” web page in http://www.laglc.org/resources/resource_index.html
The Cato Institute and the National Immigration Forum have placed the text of their 1995 report on demographic and economic facts of immigration in the U.S. on the web, at http://www.cato.org/pubs/policy_report/pr_immig.html
The National Immigration Forum has a website at http://www.immigrationforum.org/
The American Immigration Lawyers Association has a very useful website at http://www.aila.org/
The Stonewall Immigration Group, our sister organization in the United Kingdom, has a website at http://www.stonewall.org.uk/
The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) has its official website at http://www.ins.usdoj.gov/
The law firm of Suskind et al has launched a website which has copies of actual INS forms at http://www.visalaw.com/
The Canadian law firm of Smith & Hughes has an OUT/LAW immigration site at http://www.smith-hughes.com/olimm.html
The Queer Resources Directory, the oldest queer internet archive, has a section devoted to immigration at http://www.qrd.org/qrd/www/world/immigration
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M I S S I O N S T A T E M E N T
LGIRTF addresses the widespread discriminatory impact of immigration law on the lives of lesbians, gay men and people living with HIV/AIDS through education, outreach, advocacy, and the maintenance of a nationwide resources and support network.