Who Wants to Marry a U.S. Citizen
Via Nezua comes word of a proposed reality TV game show show called "Who Wants to Marry a U.S. Citizen" that "aims to create televised matrimony between legal citizens and immigrants who have temporary visas."
The show's backers at Morusa Media hope to make a sort of love match between reality TV and a national obsession with immigration. But the producers make no promise that a marriage will occur or lead to
That's partly because any marriage that resulted from a game show with marriage
A sham marriage has been defined by the BIA as a marriage which may comply with all the formal requirements of the law but which the parties entered into with no intent, or "good faith", to live together and which is designed solely to circumvent the immigrations [sic] laws. Sham marriages are not recognized for immigration purposes. See Matter of Patel , 19 I&N Dec. 774 (BIA 1988).
The lucky couple would still have to go through the marriage
process and convince an immigration officer that though they met
through a game
show called "Who Wants to Marry a U.S. Citizen," their marriage was
still one entered into in good faith and therefore deserving of the
that come to legitimate spouses of
However, contra the movie Green Card, which I saw again tonight for the
first time since the early '90s, the immigration officers are not likely to
make a house visit to review the marriage in its domestic setting as part of
their investigation. Nor will they
escort deportees through the streets of
Adam at Immigration Equality's blog points out that, no matter how genuine or longstanding the relationship of an LGBT couple, they still cannot avail themselves of the immigration benefits of marriage that come to straight couples.
From the Immigration Equality website:
Because of the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman, even same sex couples which have been legally married in Massachusetts, Canada, the Netherlands, or Belgium, will not be able to immigrate based on their marriage. Every day we hear from desperate couples, forced to choose between the partner they love and the country they love, which is why we are fighting to change the immigration law and end this discrimination.
(See the Adj. Field Manual, Section 21.3(a)(2)(I).)
I think few Americans would challenge the right of the spouse of a