If the Obama administration hoped to get a breather from the pressure of the LGBT community, looks like they're out of luck.
AmericaBlog is reporting no less than ten groups will coalesce on Newark, NJ to show support for Josh Vandiver and Henry Velandia as Henry faces what may be his final hearing before the immigration authorities. More on their case from The Daily Beast.
The crowd will also be protesting the administration's refusal to hold same-sex couples' cases in abeyance, even as they claim to be only deporting criminals. GetEqual submitted a video of President Obama's statements on the issue of immigration, which stand in stark contrast to the DHS's priortizing Velandia's deportation order.
Video and rally information after the fold.
NYC Wedding March September 2010 © Javier Soriano
WHERE: Department of Homeland Security
Newark Immigration Court
Peter Rodino Federal Building
970 Broad Street, Newark, NJ
WHEN: FRIDAY MAY 6 at 11 a.m.
More information at Stop The Deportations blog.
Update: Metro Weekly reports signs of hope:
Attorney General Eric Holder today filed a very rare decision, vacating a decision by the Board of Immigration Appeals related to the application of Paul Wilson Dorman, in which the BIA applied Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act to a pending case.
Pursuant to my authority set forth in 8 C.F.R. § 1003.1(h)(1)(i), I order that the decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals (“Board”) in this case applying Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”), 1 U.S.C. § 7, be vacated, and that this matter be referred to me for review.
Not a blanket decision that would help Josh and Henry or many other couples in similiar situations, but perhaps a sign one may be coming? LGBT immigration advocates say AG Holder “has taken [an] extraordinary step.”
Update 2: Henry and Josh’s Attorney, Lavi Soloway quoted at AmericaBlog:
“We’re going to argue to the judge that because the Attorney General has vacated the Board of Immigration Appeals’ decision and has directed the board to remand the case specifically with a finding of whether a same-sex partner could be considered a spouse under the Immigration and Nationality Act, this is now a very fluid situation and it’s appropriate to adjourn the proceedings and then wait for a determination by the Board of Immigration Appeals on this question.”
Money quote from Soloway on the implications of Holder’s move:
“The Attorney General’s decision to vacate and remand this case opens the door to a broader understanding of what other remedies might be possible for couples like Josh and Henry.”
Good luck, gentlemen.