The Trump Administration Wants to End Deportation Protections for Military Families — A Move that Could Devastate Our Communities

According to reporting from National Public Radio (NPR), President Trump is preparing to withdraw deportation protections from active duty military service members and their families. More specifically, the administration is seeking to end the ‘Parole in Place’ program — which grants much needed immigration protection to spouses, children under the age of 21, and parents of members of the American military. Here, our Los Angeles, CA Parole in Place (PIP) lawyer provides an overview of the latest attack on immigrant rights by the Trump Administration. 

Parole in Place: Explained

Parole in Place is a government program that offers immigration options to immediate family members of U.S. military personnel. Among other things, this program allows spouses, children under the age of 21, and parents of military service members and U.S. veterans to apply for immigration relief.

If an application for PIP protection is accepted, an immigrant will be spared deportation, will be authorization to remain in the country, and will be permitted to get employment in the United States. In addition, Parole in Place offers a path to a Green Card. After an applicant is approved for PIP status, they will eventually have the right to apply for an adjustment of status.

Another Devastating Attack on Immigrant Rights

Tragically, President Trump is now taking action to eliminate the formalized PIP application process. When exactly this will happen and what will happen next remains to be seen. However, it is expected that the program could end in less than a month. Unfortunately, there is considerable uncertainty as the administration has not been transparent on this and many other issues. Though, there is little doubt that the administration wants to make the process more challenging for immigrants. 

This is far from the first time the Trump Administration has attacked immigrants and people with immigrant family members who serve in the United States military. In 2018, the administration started discharging military members who joined a branch of the armed service under the Military Accessions to the Vital National Interest (MAVNI). Since President Trump took office, it has become far more difficult for immigrants to qualify for naturalization through their military service. 

You May Still Have Time to Apply for Parole in Place

Parole in Place, as a formal process, is ending very shortly. However, if you or your loved one qualifies for protections under PIP, there may still be time to submit your application. It is imperative that you apply as soon as possible. If you have any questions about this program, we strongly encourage you to call our California immigration lawyer right away. There is no time to waste. 

Get Help From a Los Angeles Deportation Defense Lawyer Now

At the Law Office of Joshua L. Goldstein, PC, our Los Angeles immigration lawyer has extensive experience handling Parole in Place claims. If you serve in the military or are a member of a military family, we will review your circumstances and help you understand what options you have under the current immigration regulations. For a completely confidential consultation, please contact us today. Call (213) 262-2000.