Bradford Wells and Anthony John Makk are a legally married bi-national couple, but have continued to face separation due to the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act.
Leader Pelosi has intervened on behalf of her constituents with federal immigration officials and has been working closely with the couple to pursue all possible and appropriate immigration remedies. Today, Leader Pelosi had the honor if speaking to Anthony and Bradford and informing them of the decision by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to grant deferred action to Anthony John Makk. Leader Pelosi:
The positive resolution of Anthony’s immigration petition is a personal victory for Bradford and Anthony, and keeps this loving couple together.
Anthony would have faced deportation because of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act, even though he has lived in the United States for more than 20 years, has no criminal history, has never lived here illegally and is the primary caregiver to his husband. The Obama Administration’s recent efforts to prioritize immigration enforcement for the removal of criminals and others who pose a threat to national security helped pave the way for today’s good news.
I appreciate the consideration of USCIS in granting this relief to my constituents. I join Anthony and Bradford in celebrating the decision, and will continue to work to repeal the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act.