On Tuesday, February 5, 2013, the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA), which would allow gay and lesbian couples to sponsor their permanent partners for residency in the United States, was reintroduced in Congress with the backing of GOP lawmakers Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY) and Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA). This marks the first time the legislation has been reintroduced with GOP Congressmembers co-sponsoring the bill.
"I'm glad to join the Log Cabin Republicans in supporting the Uniting American Families Act," said Congressman Charlie Dent. "This bill is a logical extension of current immigration rules. I've received a great deal of input from the business community both in my district and nationally. We are losing talented workers because of existing law. We're also losing people who were part of civic efforts to make our communities better. These are the reasons I agreed to co-sponsor this measure."
Congressman Hanna added: "I support the Uniting American Families Act because our current immigration policy is hurting U.S. businesses and American workers. Because our laws force some couples to live apart rather than together here, Americans are pressured to take their talent, innovation, and wealth elsewhere. Businesses large and small in New York are struggling to keep some of their best workers in the United States. As a result, some companies are forced to relocate employees—and sometimes entire divisions and the jobs they represent—overseas, just to keep American talent in their organization. These Americans simply want to live in their own country with the person they love. We can keep jobs, dollars and talent right here in the United States by simply allowing financially and emotionally-committed couples to live together in the same country."
"We commend Congressman Dent and Congressman Hanna for their support of the Uniting American Families Act. They understand the reality today is that in nine states and the District of Columbia, committed gay couples can marry, but many bi-national same-sex couples are forced to live under the threat of being split up or deported," said Log Cabin Republicans Interim Executive Director Gregory T. Angelo. "These individuals are taxpayers, hard workers, and innovators, and deserving of an immigration reform package that addresses reality."
Source: Press release