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Thursday, December 30, 2004

FILIPINO TRANSEXUAL FAMILY DENIED RIGHT TO REMAIN IN U.S.

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EMPAQ CALLS TO STOP DEPORTATION AND SEPARATION OF FAMILY!

On Monday, November 29, 2004, Jiffy Javanella and wife Donita Ganzon, a Filipino couple from Los Angeles, filed a law suit against the US government after the wife was denied permanent US residency due to a sex change operation. Jiffy Javanella, who now faces deportation, is challenging the US government in court over the immigration status of married transsexuals. The 1996 Defense of Marriage Act was used by US officials to refuse their marital status. "This is an infringement on a couple's right to be together and on non-straight relationships," says Annie Sayo, a member of EMPAQ.
Donita Ganzon was granted citizenship in 1987, six years after her sex change operation. The Department of Homeland Security wrote Javanella a letter that stated, "currently no federal statute or regulation addresses specifically the question whether someone born a man or a woman can surgically change his or her sex." Homeland Security added that BCIS will not allow the recognition of change of sex in order for a marriage between two persons born of the same sex to be considered legitimate.
Unfortunately, this is not the only case. There were two other cases nationwide that filed before the Board of Appeals and both immigrant cases were denied because of a transsexual marriage.

"I am outraged because it is not even stated that sexual orientation is even part of the green card process. It should not matter," states Eloise Baraan, co-chair of EMPAQ. Whether or not a couple is a U.S. citizen, the U.S. immigration policy does not allow gays, lesbians, transsexuals or transgenders to sponsor each other for immigration.
EMPAQ (Embracing the Movement of Pinays And Queers) calls for all sectors in our communities to support all Filipino families facing deportation, stop the racist and heterosexist Homeland Security from disrupting the lives of innocent people and secure our civil liberties that mean most to us at a time of international insecurity.

EMPAQ (Embracing the Movement of Pinays And Queers)525 W. Alma Ave.San Jose, CA 95125408-297-1977

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