Sometimes you just have to say WTF? when you hear things like this:
A man whose story I share in Torn Apart is a dual citizen of Spain and the United States. He married his husband, a Spanish citizen, in Spain, where it is legal. Then he got a job at the United Nations, located in New York. Because he has U.S. citizenship, the UN did not, repeat did not, get visas for him and his husband. So his husband had to get a student visa to be with his husband in the U.S. That is expensive and unnecessary – except for current U.S. marriage and immigration laws.
In an op-ed piece in the Los Angeles Times, this U.S. citizen with dual nationality ponders in print whether he should renounce his U.S. citizenship so he and his husband can be here in the U.S. together, legally, and his husband won’t have to go to school to be together with him.
I say WTF?!
In another chapter, Tony and Thomas share their story of living in the U.S. (Tony’s home country) and then Germany (Thomas’ home country) and then becoming contemporary nomads, constantly on the road together in many countries, because of current U.S. immigration and marriage laws.
But Tony’s mother met a man while traveling and was able to bring him to America, get married, and sponsor him for U.S. citizenship. She can’t do that for her son-in-law and neither can her son do that for his permanent partner. Neither can Tony’s new father.
Again, I say, WTF?!
No American should have to choose between country and partner!
No American should have to choose between country and career!
No American should have to choose between country and family!