AMERICAN FAMILIES UNITED
the issueOur immigration laws unfairly punish and separate the spouses and families of U.S. citizens. The myth of a streamlined process for US Citizens to attain a green card for their spouse is one that is widely held and is completely false. Under current law, administrative violations by a US Citizens immigrant spouse can result in 3-year, 5-year, 10-year, or even lifetime bars from the United States which is devastating for families. Even more surprising, since 1996, these cases have been largely void of any judicial or agency discretion or judgment. Due process for US citizen families is denied, one of the few areas of the American legal system where this is so. As U.S. Citizens who desire to live, work, and raise our families in our own country, we find this unjust and unacceptable. AFU’s mission is to educate and to work towards legislative change that reverses this little known, but grossly inequitable treatment of U.S. citizens.
American Families United is dedicated to advocating the return of due process rights back into the immigration system to bring fairness and accountability. We have championed a bipartisan bill, The American Families United Act, through the 113th and 114th Congress with the help of cosponsors Congressman Steve Pearce (R-NM) and Congressman Beto O'Rourke (D-TX), which will serve to help restore these rights and ensure US Citizen families are not torn apart.
American Families United is a completely run by volunteers who offer time and expertise to the mission of the organization with no financial compensation. All members of the organization are families who are directly affected or who are allies to those impacted. In order for us to champion for changes to the current immigration system, we hire lobbyists to work with Senate and Congressional representatives as well as other organizations that oversee immigration related policies. Our primary fundraising focus is to ensure our ability to finance the work of these professionals. Please help us to meet our goal!
WHO WE ARE
We are US Citizens married to immigrant spouses trying to navigate the legal immigration system. We are teachers, doctors, veterans, factory workers, artists, etc. with strong roots in the US.
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: The Martin FAMILY
My name is Nicholas Martin. I work for Heritage Plastics, a small company in Sylacauga, Alabama and I am a U.S. Citizen. I met my wife in 2005 at a local restaurant. We began dating and eventually were married. Our daughter, Celindia, was born in 2007 with severe infantile glaucoma, cataracts, severe to moderate inner ear damage, a cleft pallet, and genetic abnormalities that have never been seen before. To make a long story short, she was born blind and deaf with a hole in her mouth and a gene that could mutate into who knows what, as her life progresses. She will always be legally blind and her ophthalmologists are ever watchful. We began the process of applying for my wife's immigrant visa in 2010. The day we went to her visa interview was when our world came crashing down. Cristina received a lifetime bar for a adminsitrative immigration violation years ago, with no opportunity for a waiver. My wife made a mistake. But, I don’t think that mistake constitutes my disabled daughter having to grow up without her mother at her side. Cristina is a good person. She’s never hurt anybody. Our daughter is disabled and needs her doctors here in the U.S. but, she needs her mother as well.
AFU AT WORK
Our members come from everywhere to work together and speak up for US Citizens rights.
We are the only non profit organization devoted to US Citizens navigating the legal immigration system.
We are all affected in some way, whether directly or indirectly, and rely on each other for support and understanding.
We have successfully worked to have a bill introduced in both the 113th and 114th Congress that if passed, will serve to help our members as well as thousands of other families who are similarly impacted.
We rely on supporters like you to keep us energized and motivated to reach our organizational goals, as well as to assist us in spreading knowledge about the broken immigration system and specifically, how US citizens are subsequently suffering as a result of the injustice of antiquated policies.