Basically, advocates of the bill are already tallying it up as a
victory: "This will put CA on record as supporting the passage of the [Uniting
American Families Act]," wrote Amos Lim, a founding board member of
the San Francisco-based Out4Immigration, in an e-mail.
While the resolution, passed Monday in the state Senate, doesn't have any power to make Congress do
much of anything, California is an important backer. That's because the Golden State is home to the largest number of the 36,000 binational couples
counted in the 2000 census, according to a UCLA
The Uniting American Families Act -- UAFA for short -- would resolved
the problem of the couples whose stories we told in the recent cover
Apart." Since gay marriages are not recognized in federal law, gay
couples cannot sponsor their spouse for a marriage visa as straight
spouses can. This leads to many people choosing to live here illegally
or US citizens moving out of the country in order to stay with their
partners. The UAFA provision was included in the Democrats' framework for
a comprehensive immigration reform bill released in April, yet some
advocates want it heard as a stand alone bill to avoid Congress'
inevitable delay on comprehensive reform.
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