Congressman Rush Holt: Stop the DOMA Deportation of Henry Velandia, Save Henry & Josh’s Marriage

Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) has emerged in recent months as an outspoken supporter of Josh Vandiver and Henry Velandia, a married binational couple fighting to stop a deportation that will tear them apart forever on May 6. Congressman Holt has written to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano asking her to halt all deportations of spouses of gay and lesbian Americans until DOMA is repealed or struck down by the Supreme Court.

Holt: “There is no second class in our country, or at least there shouldn’t be…”

This video was first shown last week at a Princeton University Marriage Equality event held to raise awareness of Josh & Henry’s “Save Our Marriage” campaign.

Yesterday, New Jersey’s largest daily newspaper, the Star-Ledger, published an editorial raising awareness of Josh & Henry’s case and calling for an end to the “War on Our Families.”

On March 31, 2011, Congressman Holt became the first member of Congress to send a letter to DHS Secretary Napolitano calling for an end to DOMA Deportations. Eventually more than 60 members of the House and Senate joined this letter writing campaign to urging the Obama administration to stop the deportations and put all green card applications filed by married same sex couples on hold.

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  • Anonymous

    Thank you Mr. Holt; our hopes rest on your and, sadly, only a few other shoulders; where are Senators Feinstein and Boxer? Where's Congressman Frank? Where's our "fiercest" supporter, Mr. Obama?

    Come on Mr. President, take the lead and change the policy to stop deporting bi-national same sex partners; it's only a matter of equal treatment!

    April 22, 2011

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