This ICE memo was issued following DHS Sec. Napolitano’s Sept. 27 directive regarding the exercise of prosecutorial discretion with respect to lesbian, gay bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals.
The memo states, among others, that:
The factor of ‘family relationships’ encompasses two adults who are in a committed, long-term, same-sex relationship.
It further defines long-term, same-sex relationships, in the context of “family relationships,” as relationships in which individuals —
- are each other’s sole domestic partner and intent to remain so indefinitely;
- are not in a marital or other domestic relationship with anyone else; and,
- typically maintain a common residence and share financial obligations and assets.