Ducky47 saidAnother factor is when they got married his partner may not have been granted citizenship, or he may never applied for citiizenship, he may have been here on an expired visa or passport. If that's the case he’s illegally.
The Department of immigration can't have one set of rules for some and another set for gay men,it just does not work that way. An ex roommate went through the same thing with his ex lover. He was here on student Visa and he was deported because he was no longer in school and he was working and his visa had been expired for over two years. He got the boot. It was terrible. I feel for this couple.
I've been dealing with the horror that is the United States Customs and Imigration Service and the State Department for over a year now trying to get a European to be able to come here to work on a temporary project under the H-1B visa.
The guy isn't a terrorist - he's never even got a speeding ticket, he's not coming here to go on welfare - he's got a $55k/yr job waiting for him here, yet the delays and massive bureaucracy with all the convoluted departments and agencies that need to do the exact same background checks (on both the European guy AND our company) is horrifying.
The entire U.S. Immigration system is broken. Did any of you know that any non-citizen coming here - even if they are just coming for a 1 week vacation, are viewed by the U.S. Customs and Immigration service as "likely illegal immigrants" and that you need to prove that you have "sufficient ties" (they never really define what "sufficient" is) to your home country before you can get a visa?
But back to this particular topic... it's clear that these two individuals either:
a) had no knowledge of U.S. Immigration law
b) thought they would somehow be able to get around U.S. Immigration law.
The only people who aren't subject to U.S.Immigration law are those that come here illegally
. Those that try and play by the rules are tormented by the bureaucracy and ultimately denied entry / deported.