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Love is Love in Immigration Land

Good morning, party people. Happy first Monday in August. I can’t remember what day it is. Hope all is well. I’m here in South Haven, Michigan. Thought I’d give you a little shot of what it looks like. There’s the lighthouse. Having just a great time. Got up here a couple days ago. We did a really cool family photo shoot last night. I posted one of the pictures but the real ones that are coming, they are really great. We haven’t done that in a long time. My parents are celebrating their 49th wedding anniversary this year and I just thought I’d make this video to talk about love.

Had two cases at the office in the last couple weeks. You know, one of our favorite things to do is to put up pictures of our clients once they get their green cards. These are marriage based green card cases. But we’ve had two cases lately where our clients were same sex couples and we couldn’t publish their photos because people in their families didn’t know that one of the people or that they were gay. And that really just has bummed me out. I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately and thinking about a America that we still live in and an America that’s unjust, that’s unfair, that is still angry and hateful.

And if there’s one thing I’ve seen working with couples over the last 10 years in getting them together and keeping them together in the United States is that love is love. And that I’m going to fight and we’re going to fight at our office for everybody who wants to stay together and who wants to love. You know, we’re not going to help people that are involved in fake marriages or anything like that, but that when it comes to love, we want to be there for people. We want to help make the world a better place. We want to help people stay together. And I don’t care who you are, I don’t care if you have an arranged marriage, I don’t care if you have a shotgun marriage, I don’t care if you have same sex marriage, love is love. And life is too short to go through life without being able to be who you want to be and be who you want to be with. And if the federal government wants to try to stop you then they’re going to have to deal with us. And if hateful people are going to have to live with it and if they try to cause trouble, we will fight for you.

So I just wanted to share. I got a little teary eyed at the end of the photo session. My dad, we helped him over to the place where he had to stand and he sat down and he gave my mom a kiss. And to see that after 49 years of everything they’ve been through was really, really special. And so I’m lucky to have the love of my life, Amany, at 18 years together and we have four beautiful kids. I’m very blessed, very lucky and I just wanted to share that all with you today. And we’ll phase out with another shot of the lighthouse. I’m on the pier in South Haven, Michigan. It’s pretty beautiful. Peace out everybody. Go love somebody.

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