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DHS: Same-Sex Partners are 'Family' for Prosecutorial Discretion

September 28, 2012 (1 min read)


"In an effort to make clear the definition of the phrase "family relationships," I have directed ICE to disseminate written guidance to the field that the interpretation of the phrase "family relationships" includes long-term, same-sex partners.  As with every other factor identified in Director Morton's June 11 memorandum, the applicability of the "family relationships" factor is weighed on an individualized basis in the consideration of whether prosecutorial discretion is appropriate in a given case." - Sec. Napolitano, Sept. 27, 2012.