LGBT Detainees Specifically Targeted for Sexual Abuse and Denial of Care in the U.S.A. Posted by Melanie Nathan, 01-09-2012, WASHINGTON—Following repeated reports of sexual abuse in the immigration detention system by the Heartland Alliance, Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) requested that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigate and offer possible remedies […]
Call for Investigation into Numerous Sexual Abuse Reports of LGBT Immigration Detainees
ACLU Sues: Abusive Treatment Of Transgender Asylum Seeker in U.S.A.
by Melanie Nathan, Dec 11, 2011 Paul Canning from the United Kingdom has reported to O- Blog-dee O-Blog-da about a recent ACLU lawsuit:- The appalling treatment of a transgender asylum seeker held in US detention has drawn a lawsuit from the ACLU. The suit is against the federal government, local government and Corrections Corporation of […]
BiNational Petition:- Remedial Visa -Stop Gap- Pending Legislation
Special Visa Process & Moratorium: Same-Sex Partner Sponsorship
DOMA – Sec 3-an LGBT win- one mere section down- many to go- OBAMA DON’T REST UNTIL DOMA IS DONE?
President Obama – a stroke of a Pen! Defend this most agregious civil abomination called DOMA (Declare Obama Missing in Action!) Another article in this ongoing and random se see storiesries by Melanie Nathan- Change to sec 3 DOMA case won by GLAD plaintiffs/
BREAKING NEWS UAFA- Senate Judiciary committee releases hearing Witness list
UAFA witness list announced
Breaking Shirley Tan Invited to UAFA Hearing
By Melanie Nathan – Breaking – Today, 1.30 PM. Senator Leahy , (D-VT) extended an invitation to Shirley Tan to testify at the UAFA hearing on June 3rd before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Shirley Tan, her wife Jay and their twelve year old twinsons, together with ‘yours truly’ will be traveling next week to DC for the hearings […]
As we speak…our brothers and sister are being detained, in this the “Land of the Free”
I personally can name two binational partners/spouses who are being held in ICE detention. If they were legally able to marry their same-sex permanent partner or if their marriages recognized, by Federal Law, (i.e. no Defense of Marriage Act) their same-sex spouse would have the right to petition for them to stay in the USA. […]
Update Shirley Tan Deportation- out of options
On April 10th, Shirley Tan received good news and bad news on her rollercoaster ride to or from permanence in the USA. Shirley received notice from the BIA that a deportation order was re-issued giving her 30 days to voluntarily leave the USA. The good news is the admittance that the prior order was not […]
Thank you for the mainstream expose PEOPLE MAGAZINE
I had the great pleasure of working with Susan Young to bring the TAN MERCADO immigration matter to PEOPLE MAGAZINE. I wanted to thank PEOPLE and Susan for doing justice to the Article. The 36,000 afflicted LGBT binational couples need mainstream exposure – hopefully the readers will find the compassion and true value in family […]
To our Senators who can make a difference – can you look at this American child and say no?
Help this family by being aware and support their struggle…. comments of support welcomed
A Bill in Time Saves 9!
Update Shirley Tan -binational lesbian couples; Opinion from Yours Truly….Please keep this story alive. The Mercado Tan family is still on the chopping block until 4/22/09 – hopefully Sen. Feinstein will introduce a Private Bill in time. Pleas also note that each case is unique unto itself. Private Bills are not two- a- penny and […]
IOWA YOU ROCK! Gay Marriage in Heartland.
Gay Marriage in Iowa. The tought that only liberal Judges make correct constitutional endorsements of Gay Rights is over. This sweeping ruling proves its constitutionally an abomination to deny gay partners their right to marry. Time for Federal rights too – pending marriage rights in all US States, COngress muct pass the Unificaton of American Families […]
Lesbian Moms struggle to keep family unified in USA
San Francisco, California “This is a good day for this family, but their fight is not over,” said Chris Waddling, Binational Couples Outreach Director for Marriage Equality USA. Shirley Tan, the California mother of two who was to be deported April 3rd has been given a stay of deportation until April 22nd pending the possibility of further action. Thanks to the heroic efforts of her counsel, Melanie Nathan, lawyer Phyllis Beech, Rep. Jackie Speier [CA-12], Senator Dianne Feinstein, and Immigration Equality’s Julie Kruse, Ms Tan, her wife of 23 years, U.S. citizen Jay Mercado, and their two sons will not be saying goodbye to one another just yet.
Breaking News Shirley Tan deportation Case
I was informed by Rep. Speier’s office that there is a temporary stay of deportation pending further work that is being done in the case. The stay has been extended tto April 22, 2009. we await this in writing to be sure. Although the family is not out of the woods, so to speak, this news is gratifying, said […]
Keep an eye out for new posts and press releases on Shirley Tan
Help us Please – twin boys beg for Mother’s rights
LGBT Families torn about by lack of equal protection under Federal law.
Special Thanks to:
Martha and Lin McDewitt-Pugh – Love in Exile (http://www.loveexiles.org/)
Julie Kruse and Victoria Neilson Immigration Equality, (www.immigrationequality.org)
Melanie Nathan, CEO Private Courts, Inc. (www.privatecourts.com)
GLAAD for media support and training Cindi Creaver (www.glaad.org/
Offices of Senator Boxer and Senator Feinstein
America can be such a sad place for so many
PLEASE CONGRESS 36,000 AMERICANS AND THEIR CHILDREN DESPERATELY SEEKING UAFA passage …. There are American citizens who are being discriminated against in a way that extends beyond civil rights into the realm of human rights and it has everything to do with immigration law – do you want to remain silent … read this and decide. Please ask your Senator to support and push for Uniting American Faminlies Act…. read on
Wisconsin man who participated in 1943 massacre of 8,000 Jews is deported to Austria
WASHINGTON – A former Nazi concentration camp guard who settled in Racine, Wis., after World War II and acquired U.S citizenship, has been removed to Austria due to his participation in Nazi-sponsored acts of persecution during World War II, Acting Assistant Attorney General Rita M. Glavin of the Criminal Division and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Assistant Secretary John P. Torres announced today.
Queercents shuts down new blogger’s first blog to comments….
by Melanie Nathan on May 8, 2009 in POLITICAL VIEWS, U.S.A.
What makes me mad Have you ever heard of an editor closing the comments down on a Blogger’s post? Serena Editor of QueerCents did just that, and I quote: “Serena Says: May 7th, 2009 at 12:47 pm Editor’s Note: Due to the nature of many of the comments on this thread, comments have been […]