The Trump administration wants to reduce the program that protects members of families who have no active documents from being deported, according to lawyers familiar with these plans.
Lawyers are struggling to file requests for what is known as a conditional release site after hearing from wives and relatives of deployed soldiers who are told that this option is "terminated."
Protection will only be available in rare circumstances, lawyers say they have been told.
"This will create chaos in the military," says Margaret Stock, an immigration attorney who is recruits and veterans in deportation. "The troops can not concentrate on their military duties when they worry that members of their families are deported."
Officials with US Civilian and Immigration Services,
The Defense Department and military staff did not respond immediately to questions about the program.
The program, which Trump's administration wants to restrict, does not protect all immigrants who face a removal procedure from deportation.
It specifically allows family members of the military who have come to the country illegally – and can not adjust their immigration status – for temporary residence in the United States. For example, a spouse who has stayed with a visa will not be protected by the program.
The original policy goal was to minimize the interruption of the life of a soldier, sailor, a sailor, or a seagoing ship whose family member may have been subject to
The conditional release allows a soldier serving in Afghanistan, for example, not to worry that a spouse who has entered illegally in the United States may be thrown out of the country while the soldier is in place.
The husband has the opportunity to get a "conditional early release" in the United States and apply for a green card – unlike someone without a privilege that can be deported and which is required to wait for years.
The procedures are changing as the US government increases enforcement proceedings, including against veterans and their family members, sometimes in a way that makes it easier for them to take action, which violates its own procedures.
For example, a federal guardian reported earlier this month that immigration and customs enforcement of the US did not follow its own policy of deporting former employees from 2013
Immigrants have always served in military and often become citizens. About 130,000 soldiers have been naturalized by more than 30 foreign countries since October 1, 2001.
The Office does not guarantee compulsory citizenship for the troops, but can offer them a way to that, as well as some benefits for people associated with these
Activists climb before taking advantage of the privilege
A government attorney urges immigration attorneys to act quickly before the program is officially discontinued next month.
advises clients that if they are allowed to [parole in place] submit it as soon as possible, a government attorney warned other attorneys in a message received by NPR, adding later: "The desire is to have better news sharing .
Carlos Moona, founder and president of the veteran head of the Latin League League Green Card, said the ending of the conditional release was yet another example of what he called the Trump administration once again a war of emigrants. "
" Less and less opportunities for these people serving the country and their family veterans to go through " the legal channels "
Moon cites the decision of the Trump administration this year to close all its international offices on the spot and the fact that the military recruits now
Previously, they had to wait one day. The administration of Trump has also made it more difficult for some immigrants to join the army in the hope that their service will lead to an accelerated road to citizenship.
Last year, the Pentagon began releasing immigrants ruined under a special program launched by President George W. Bush.
The program, known as the Military Accession Program to the National Interest Program or MAVNI, was designed to attract medical specialists who speak speaking languages and other special skills.
Between 2008 and 2016, 10,400 people enrolled in the US military through the MAVNI program, according to DOD.
A Seattle federal judge later ordered the Ministry of Defense to stop discrimination against naturalized citizens voluntarily serving in the army under the program.
The White House did not pay special attention to the changes on the ground, but information about them reaches immigration lawyers against the backdrop of the ongoing political war over the southern border.
Trump, who raised the issue of immigration and the border, called Congress on Wednesday to close what he calls "loopholes" that remain. In addition to helping, Congress must close the catastrophic gaps leading to the crisis. We must put an end to the incentives for child smuggling, trafficking in women and the sale of drugs.
– Donald J. June 26, 2019
Stock, an immigration attorney, meanwhile said that it may be corrosive to military readiness if troops abroad are to start worrying that their family members can be deported.
"I do not think people really understand that we have a global army that has a lot of problems with immigration because we have immigrants all the time and we are recruiting immigrants and recruiting American citizens who are married to immigrants and have "" The military are very international, and if you get rid of everyone in the army who had a connection with a foreigner, you will not have anyone in the army. "