At Pam’s House Blend: Local City Councils Stand Up for Binational Families
By Steve Ralls on 04/22/2010 @ 10:40 AM
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” – Charles Dickens
There has been much attention, in recent days, focused on the truly heinous anti-immigrant law passed by the Arizona legislature. The law – which gives law enforcement authority to question anyone they “suspect” may be undocumented – is by far the worst in the country, and puts the state squarely in the business of government-sanctioned racial profiling (as well as the business of ignoring the fourth and fourteenth amendments of the constitution).
It is, quite simply, the starkest reminder in a while of the anti-immigrant sentiment that still lives in too many corners of our country.
Thankfully, however, it is not a sentiment shared by local elected leaders everywhere.
In recent weeks, a growing number of local governments have quietly endorsed a critical piece of legislation for immigrant families: City councils across the country have passed resolutions urging Congress to pass the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA), which would end discrimination against LGBT binational couples. A dozen cities have now endorsed UAFA, and more are expected to do so in the near future.
The move is more than symbolic, too. It is helping to build support for ending discriminatory immigration laws that keep loving couples apart.
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