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President Obama Puts Forth Immigration-Reform Plan That Helps Same-Sex Families

obama-victoryAt a rally in Las Vegas, President Obama laid out his plan to fix America’s immigration system, including provisions to help binational LGBT families stay intact.

In addition to tightening borders and cracking down on companies that use undocumented workers, Obama’s plan will streamline the process for foreigners trying to live and work in the U.S:

The proposal seeks to eliminate existing backlogs in the family-sponsored immigration system by recapturing unused visas and temporarily increasing annual visa numbers.  The proposal also raises existing annual country caps from 7 percent to 15 percent for the family-sponsored immigration system.

It also treats same-sex families as families by giving U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents the ability to seek a visa on the basis of a permanent relationship with a same-sex partner.

The proposal also revises current unlawful presence bars and provides broader discretion to waive bars in cases of hardship.

It seems like a pretty even-handed approach, but we’re sure the GOP will find a reason to tear it apart.