Administration Urged to Keep Military Parole in Place Program | Law Firm Newswire

Administration Urged to Keep Military Parole in Place Program

Dallas immigration lawyers

Dallas immigration lawyers - Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C.

Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 30, 2019 – The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and 27 other organizations sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) opposing the discontinuation of a crucial immigration program for military families.

The letter, dated July 30, 2019, called on Acting DHS Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan, Acting USCIS Director Ken Cuccinelli and DOD Secretary Mark T. Esper to maintain the military Parole in Place (PIP) program to protect the undocumented spouses, children and parents of service members from deportation. The request came in response to recent news that indicated that the Trump administration was considering changes to the PIP policy for military families.

“When a U.S. citizen soldier on active duty marries a foreign national who is in the United States, that citizen soldier should not have to worry that their spouse may be targeted for removal,” said Stewart Rabinowitz of the Dallas and Frisco law firm of Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C. “The PIP program allows a soldier spouse to file for permanent residence without leaving the United States. It is a small thing that we can do for our soldiers who risk their lives in our defense. Why end [the program] and add stress to our uniformed men and women?”

The original aim of the PIP program was to minimize disruption to the lives of service members stationed abroad by ensuring they did not have to worry about their undocumented family members being exposed to the risk of deportation. Under the immigration policy, the spouses and dependents of military personnel are allowed to legally adjust their immigration status without having to leave the United States.

The letter asserted that the decision to maintain the PIP program should be a “straightforward” one for the government. AILA and the other signee groups pointed out the policy’s various benefits in terms of humanitarian grounds, the military preparedness of the United States and DOD recruitment efforts.

Some of the 27 organizations that signed on to the letter included Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Military Officers Association of America, National Immigration Law Center, VoteVets and West African Community Council, among others.

“A change in policy that results in the separation of military families will hurt the very individuals who have sacrificed their safety and security to protect the safety and security of our nation,” the letter concluded.

By Appointment Only
Three Galleria Tower
13155 Noel Road, Suite 900
Dallas, TX 75240

  • Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C.’s Announcement About COVID-19
    A message to our valued clients and business associates: At Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C., the health, safety and overall well being of our clients, business associates and the DFW community as a whole is of the utmost importance to us. Given the increasing concern surrounding the recent pandemic of COVID-19, otherwise known as the novel ...
  • CRS Issues Report on Repurposing Funds to Build a Border Wall
    The Congressional Research Service (CRS) published a report that examines the federal statutes that the Trump Administration has cited to repurpose funds from existing appropriations to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. CRS also discussed multiple lawsuits that have been filed challenging the Administration’s actions. Congress appropriated $1.375 billion to the Department of Homeland ...
  • USCIS to Limit Some Nonimmigrant Change or Extension of Status Applicants Based on New Public Charge Rule
    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on August 14, 2019, announced its final rule on inadmissibility on public charge grounds that imposes a new public benefit condition on individuals who apply for a change or extension of nonimmigrant status. The new rule was originally scheduled to take effect on October 15, 2019. But on October ...

Get headlines from Law Firm Newswire sent right to your inbox.

* indicates required