SJC to Same-Sex Binational Couples: Go Fuck Yourselves

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Dear Same-Sex Binational Couples Affected by U.S. Immigration Policies,

First off, let me be clear about where I’m coming from. I’m a heterosexual woman in a heterosexual marriage with a heterosexual man.

I feel that it is important for me to name the above, because I believe that any solid ally work requires allies to constantly be working to understand their areas of privilege and to name them.

I also believe that allies often must remain silent and listen in order to be better workers for social justice.

I do not believe that this is one of those moments.

For the record, I will never accept, nor will I ever support the decision that was handed down yesterday at the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting yesterday. Apparently, Senator Leahy felt forced to withhold his amendment asking for same-sex binational couples to be to apply for U.S. permanent residency status through their partners. 

I will never agree with this decision because I am also one half of a binational couple.

I will never defend this decision because I also moved to another country to live with the person that I love due to U.S. immigration policies.

I will never affirm this decision because I also moved back to the United States by myself, without my love, as a result of U.S. immigration policies.

I will never condone this decision, because the separation of families in my world means separation of ALL families, and both you and I have experienced first-hand what that means.

I completely and totally reject this decision due to the fact that my husband will have a permanent residency appointment in the very near future because of our heterosexual privilege.

In my world, there’s no excuse, no manner to explain away what happened yesterday. I will not simply tweet out a consolatory message, or rue the fact that sacrifices had to be made.

And those so-called immigrant activists? Those same ones who dare to tell you binational same-sex couples that, “Once the reform becomes law, we’ll come back for the you,” or say to you with earnest eyes, “Don’t worry – The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) will be struck down next month.”

Those same activists who supposedly believe that, “No human being is illegal?”

I’ll gladly help you slap each and every one of those so-called immigration activists clear across the face.

In Love and Solidarity Always,

Giselle

PS And all of you supposedly pro-immigrant organizations, groups and individuals that are sending out congratulatory messages, all of you in the online and offline community who were chanting proudly after the vote at the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting yesterday, I offer this to you:

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me–and there was no one left to speak for me.”

-Martin Niemöller

 

 

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