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Parent Article: Rights to Immigration of Same-Sex Bi-national Married Couple / Derechos de InmigraciĆ³n de una Pareja Casada Bi-Nacional del Mismo Sexo
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No, not exactly.
14 Apr 2005
First, thank you for being civil. Now lets look at this statement you made:

"The legal-tactical argument is one thing. What you are saying here involves something else altogether, and I really don't see the ethical basis: you feel that legal opportunities which are currently available to heterosexuals, i.e. naturalization for their partner, should not be extended to gay and lesbian people; but not because you have anything against gay and lesbian people--because you don't think that those legal opportunities should be available in the first place."

No, that's not what I meant at all. The legal opportunities available to heterosexuals are already available to gay couples in the form of Domestic Partnership. The SSM marriage issue is a different issue altogether. Gays want their unions to be EXACTLY the same as heterosexual marriages, and they want religious and legal recognition of those marriages in all those places where marriages are legal. That is the goal, correct? The rest of America is already up in arms about this issue, so coming into it with more negative issues (illegal immigrants marrying legal citizens) is fuel for the fire. It can do nothing but hurt.

I am against illegal immigration, I am for deportation of illegals, and I do not feel that legal status should be conferred to illegals simply because they marry a citizen. Being gay has nothing to do with that. I feel the same way about hetero couples in the same situation. Why? Because there is a process in place (more than 100 years now) which immigrants must follow in order to gain legal status.

The potential for abuse is too great.

Here is a scenario: A foreign national wants to gain entry into the US in order to infiltrate the military. They contact a gay person here in the States through a chat room. They offer to pay $5000 to marry (to legalize citizenship), and then divorce 6 months later with their legal status intact.

Here is another (similar to Hana and Miriam): An illegal who has been here for a while, KNOWING they are illegal and made no effort to attempt legal immigration...or is "resolving" her issue by attempting to push her application for citizenship ahead of the other more conscientious and patient applicants who did not become illegal in the first place.

There is no way to ice cream this issue. This is not an issoe of SSM, its an immigration issue which will not be resolved by trying to circumvent the waiting period that all other (less self-centered) applicants must endure.