The current system is under attack. The new Congress is an opportunity to advance federal legislation that protects all of our communities, especially those who are LGBTQ, Asian, immigrants, and young people. Join NQAPIA in supporting the Reuniting Families Act to:
--Update and preserve the current family-based immigration system to keep families together and reduce family immigration visa backlogs
--Protect same-sex couples when one partner is from a country that does not recognize same-sex marriage, is an asylum grantee, or both are refugees and aim to be resettled together.
Some of the bills proposed by the last Congress eliminated the ability of U.S. Citizens to sponsor family members, such as parents, siblings, and children over the age of 18, and eliminated the diversity visa program. If passed, these policies would cause permanent family separation and severely curtail the ability of immigrants to contribute to the strong economic and social fabric of this nation.
The current family-based immigration system has not been updated in 20 years—keeping spouses, children, and their parents separated for years and often decades. The Reuniting Families Act would reduce family immigration visa backlogs and promote humane and timely reunification of immigrant families. There are over 4.4 million people in the family immigration backlog waiting unconscionable periods of time to reunite with their family members.
Because of your location, unfortunately you can't directly take action on this right now. What you can do instead to contribute is you can participate in the general Protecting LGBTQ API communities action [link here]. You can also share the link to these actions so that others may see and participate as well.