This new policy will apply to troops' and veterans' spouses, children and parents, who can now apply for parole status that will allow them to stay in the United States and suspend deportations.
The parole status is authorized in one-year increments and allows relatives to adjust for permanent legal status.
Parole of Spouses, children and parents of Armed Forces personnel
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) states that veterans have earned the right to keep their relatives in the United States, and wants to assist military members, veterans, and their families to navigate our complex immigration system and apply for naturalization and other immigration services and benefits.
It is estimated that about five percent of the force, or more than 65,000 military immigrants, currently serve on active-duty. This new policy memo indicates that halting the deportation of immigrant family members would help to alleviate the “stress and anxiety” of these military personnel.
"Similarly, our veterans, who have served and sacrificed for our nation, can face stress and anxiety because of the immigration status of their family members in the United States."
"We as a nation have made a commitment to our veterans, to support and care for them. It is a commitment that begins at enlistment, and continues as they become veterans."
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