Active Military Family Members Losing Protections

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According to NPR, the Trump administration is planning to stop deportation protection for undocumented family members of the active-duty military. Immigration attorneys are reporting that the program that protects active military family members is “being terminated” and that government lawyers have said that soon the benefit will not be available as soon as July 2019.

Parole in Place is a UCIS program that gives recognizes the contributions of active and reserve military members and supports their service by providing peace of mind to know their family will not be deported while they are active-duty:

Discretionary Options for Military Members, Enlistees and Their Families

We recognize the important sacrifices made by U.S. armed forces members, veterans, enlistees and their families. To support these individuals, we provide discretionary options such as parole in place or deferred action on a case-by-case basis.

The US military has a long history of recruiting non-citizen immigrants and individuals with undocumented family members by offering military services as a pathway to citizenship. The Trump administration has also started to make it more difficult for immigrant military members to become citizens. According to the US government, almost 130,000 troops have been naturalized from more than 30 foreign countries since Oct. 1, 2001.

Members of the United States armed forces may be able to apply for citizenship under special provisions and qualifications of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), along with their dependent spouse and children, including expedited and overseas processing.
United States immigration laws are complicated and updated frequently. Mistakes in immigration applications can be costly and stressful and can result in denial of your petition or delays. An Immigration Simplified attorney can guide you through the application process. We review your situation, provide you with the proper forms and help you submit your application. Contact us today to get started. Please contact our office or call us at (312) 883-9944.

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