SAN FRANCISCO – A man caring for his same-sex partner in San Francisco will not face the threat of deportation for at least the next two years.
The Department of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services told Anthony John Makk on Wednesday that it was deferring action on his deportation case for two years. The deferral is renewable after that.
The 49-year-old Makk is a citizen of Australia. He is the primary caregiver for his partner, 56-year-old Bradford Wells, who suffers from severe AIDS-related illnesses.
Wells is a U.S. citizen, and he and Makk are married. But federal law prevents Makk from being considered for a green card.
Makk told the San Francisco Chronicle he and Wells were elated.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi had intervened in their case with the help of Sen. Dianne Feinstein and state Sen. Mark Leno.