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Policy Director @IRAP; former Senate staffer, asylum officer and @HRIonline. Native Houstonian; proud Washingtonian. All opinions are my own; RT≠endorsement.
7 Apr
Last Friday, @IRAP and @Global_Equality sent DHS and DOS a letter urging them to lift restrictions on interfaith and same-sex refugee marriages. Read more here: refugeerights.org/news-resources…. 1/
Many refugee families who cannot legally marry or register their marriage in their countries of origin or asylum are prohibited from being resettled together in the United States through the refugee program due to unnecessary U.S. government policies. 2/
DHS and DOS, as demonstrated by previous agency actions on this matter, have the power to change these restrictive policies. Biden’s EO 14013 instructs them to consider recognizing these committed life partnerships for purposes of the refugee program. 3/
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