Uniting American Families Act of 2007

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The Uniting American Families Act of 2007, or UAFA (H.R.2221; S.1328), is a bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate discrimination based on sexual orientation in immigration laws for "permanent partners" (see definition below).

Contents

Bill status

The UAFA was introduced in the House on May 8, 2007 by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) as H.R.2221.[1] As of July 2007, the bill had received 81 cosponsors in the House.[2]


The UAFA was introduced in the Senate on May 8, 2007 by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) as S.1328.[3] As of July 2007, the bill had received 3 cosponsors in the Senate.[4]


Bill details

Bill summary

The bill would permit "permanent partners" (see definition below) of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents to obtain lawful permanent resident status in the same manner as spouses of citizens and lawful permanent residents and to penalize immigration fraud in connection with permanent partnerships.[5]

Definitions of "permanent partner" and "permanent partnership"

The UAFA defines "permanent partner" and "permanent partnership" as follows:

The term "permanent partner" means an individual 18 years of age or older who:
(A) is in a committed, intimate relationship with another individual 18 years of age or older in which both individuals intend a lifelong commitment;
(B) is financially interdependent with that other individual;
(C) is not married to, or in a permanent partnership with, any individual other than that other individual;
(D) is unable to contract with that other individual a marriage cognizable under this Act; and
(E) is not a first, second, or third degree blood relation of that other individual.
The term "permanent partnership" means the relationship that exists between 2 permanent partners.[6]

Criticism and Commendation

Previous legislation

The Uniting American Families Act or similar legislation has been introduced several times in previous Congresses, but no action was ever taken. Below is a table of the bill's previous introductions.

Congress Short Title Bill Number(s) Date Introduced Sponsor(s) # of Cosponsors Comments
110th Congress Uniting American Families Act of 2007 H.R.2221[7]
S.1328[8]
May 8, 2007 Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
House=81
Senate=3
Referred to Judiciary Committee(s)
109th Congress Permanent Partners Immigration Act
Uniting American Families Act
H.R.3006[9]
S.1278[10]
June 21, 2005 House=115
Senate=13
108th Congress Permanent Partners Immigration Act of 2003 H.R.832[11]
S.1510[12]
July 31, 2003 House=129
Senate=12
107th Congress Permanent Partners Immigration Act of 2001 H.R.690[13] February 14, 2001 Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) House=106
106th Congress Permanent Partners Immigration Act of 2000 H.R.3650[14] February 14, 2000 House=59

Articles and resources

See also

References

  1. Press Release: Congressman Nadler and Senator Leahy Fight for LGBT Immigration Equality, Office of Rep. Jerrold Nadler, May 8, 2007.
  2. THOMAS: H.R.2221, Library of Congress.
  3. Press Release: Leahy, Nadler Introduce Immigration Equality Bill, Office of Sen. Patrick Leahy, May 8, 2007.
  4. THOMAS: S.1328, Library of Congress.
  5. THOMAS: H.R.2221, Library of Congress.
  6. THOMAS: H.R.2221, Library of Congress.
  7. THOMAS: H.R.2221, Library of Congress.
  8. THOMAS: S.1328, Library of Congress.
  9. THOMAS: H.R.3006 (109th Congress), Library of Congress.
  10. THOMAS: S.1278 (109th Congress), Library of Congress.
  11. THOMAS: H.R.832 (108th Congress), Library of Congress.
  12. THOMAS: S.1510 (108th Congress), Library of Congress.
  13. THOMAS: H.R.690 (107th Congress), Library of Congress.
  14. THOMAS: H.R.3650 (106th Congress), Library of Congress.

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