The undocumented families of active duty military service members are granted some legal leeway when it comes to deportation protections. However, the Trump administration is making moves to minimize those protections, which might mean countless families of service members could soon be placed on removal lists.
Under the current rules, often called “parole in place,” undocumented immigrants with family in military service would gain a temporary stay if they were ineligible to change their status. The rules do not, however, apply to other situations, like someone attempting to stay in the country after a visa expiration. The general idea of the rule is letting a service member focus on their service to the country without needing to worry about whether or not their family is going to be removed from the U.S. while they are overseas.
If the Trump administration puts further limitations on the protections granted by parole in place, it could vastly disrupt the U.S. military. Since 2001, more than 120,000 service members gained naturalization through their service. Another unknown yet assumedly high number allowed immigrants to continue forward and eventually gain citizenship. Taking away family protections will discourage service enrollment in the future and strip important opportunities from many military service members who have already enrolled.
At this time, undocumented families of military service members are being urged to file “parole in place” paperwork before the current rules are overhauled. The changes are expected to be implemented as early as late July or early August.
You can learn more about the pending changes to parole in place rules and deportation protections by clicking here and reading a full article from NPR. If you need help filing parole in place paperwork and you need it done sooner than later, please come to Maria Jones Law Firm in Phoenix, Arizona right away. Our immigration attorneys can help you explore and utilize your rights to delay or prevent forced removal from the United States.
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