Remember Henry and Josh, the Venezuelan and American husband pair that the US wanted to separate because of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act? In early June federal immigration officials cancelled the case on Henry’s deportation proceedings which is awesome because, as their lawyer Lavi Soloway says, “This action shows that the government has not only the power but the inclination to do the right thing when it comes to protecting certain vulnerable populations from deportation.”
So they’re safe.
But will the government extend the same courtesy to Alex Benshimol and Takako Ueda, a Venezuela and Japanese native who will soon face deportation from their American-born spouses unless the government intervenes?
On July 4th Ueda’s visa will expire and she will have to leave Frances Herbert, her partner of 31 years who she married 11 years ago. Ueda has already begun packing her belongings.
Then there’s Doug Gentry and Alex Benshimol. They’ve been together for six years and got married in California. Stop the Deportations will ask “the Immigration Judge and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement attorney prosecuting the case to put these deportation proceedings on hold pending the outcome of efforts to repeal DOMA or a final definitive ruling on DOMA’s constitutionality by the federal courts.”
But keep in mind, we also still have Cristina Ojeda and Monica Alcota on the chopping block as well as countless other legally married gay couples discriminated against by DOMA.
We have to push hard against to stop the government from tearing our families apart.