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Congressman Albio Sires

Representing the 8th District of New Jersey

Congressman Sires’ Statement on Denying American Citizenship to the Children of LGBTQ+ Families

Jun 7, 2019
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Sires released the following statement today after reports of a State Department policy being used to deny citizenship for the children of LGBTQ+ families under a discriminatory interpretation of Immigration and Nationality Act (INA):

“LGBTQ+ Americans raising children don’t deserve discrimination based on bigoted notions of what constitutes a ‘family.’ For generations, the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) has allowed Americans to pass citizenship on to their children even if they are born abroad. Now, this Administration has determined births from assisted reproductive technology should be considered ‘out of wedlock’, denying these children their right to U.S. citizenship. Combined with instances of aggressive questioning and DNA testing, this policy amounts to a thinly veiled attack on the LGBTQ+ community.

Now, and especially during Pride Month, it is important that we stand up for our LGBTQ+ loved ones and fight for their full enjoyment of the rights we all share. I call on the State Department to promptly reverse this ill-advised policy.”

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