AmeriNZ 210 – US Immigration Equality

amerinz_podcast_150x150The United States’ anti-gay immigration policy is “gratuitous cruelty,” according to US Representative Jerold Nadler, the chief sponsor of the Uniting American Families Act in the US House of Representatives. What’s happening to make US immigration law treat GLBT Americans fairly and equally, as many other countries—such as New Zealand—already do?

Joining me today to discuss that is Julie Kruse of Immigration Equality, an organisation dedicated to changing the law and helping bi-national couples.

Julie talks about the current state of the effort to change the law, as well as related issues. For example, how do issues like the Defense of Marriage Act affect immigration reform? How does the effort to make US immigration law treat GLBT people equally relate to comprehensive immigration reform? Ultimately, what’s the prospect for reforming US immigration law?

For me, this was an interesting and informative talk about an issue that affects me personally. Unfortunately, I made an error in the audio settings and the sound isn’t as good as it could’ve been. This is an interview I really enjoyed doing.

Links for this episode
Immigration Equality
Requirements for New Zealand Residence Permits for Partners, which includes same-sex couples equally.
Immigration Progress – My blog post from last year about the Uniting American Families Act. A regularly updated list of sponsors is at the end of the post.

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4 thoughts on “AmeriNZ 210 – US Immigration Equality

  1. The US are 20 years behind when it comes to civil rights. They have always been. It took a civil war to abolish slavery even if it ceased to exist in Europe decades before. Roosevelt had a bill for equal opportunities in the pipeline, and because of his immature death, it did not take place during his administration and the following one. Gay rights? Same fate. All Western democracies (with the exception of Vaticanized Italy) recognize same-sex partnership. The Democrats want the Federal country to recognize partnership (leaving gay marriage to the individual states to decide), and yet nothing has happened. Why waiting for another generation when we all know that it’s the right thing to do? Why waiting for another generation when we all know that it will pass the same way it has passed in the rest of the Democratic world. The US as frontrunner country of liberal rights? Yeah sure …

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