According to the Military Times, the Trump administration is currently circulating memos that will end a handful of immigration policies in place to help members of the U.S. military who have family members in the U.S. without legal status. Although the White House, Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense have all declined to comment, attorneys with direct access to the agencies have confirmed the planned changes directly with agency personnel, who indicated that the changes could become effected as early as at the end of July 2019.
The planned changes allegedly include eliminating the following two programs:
The new policy also allegedly include formalizing changes to the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MANVI) program, which allows certain non-citizens to serve in the military and eventually apply for U.S. citizenship, as well as the rules that allow military members who are already lawful permanent residents (green card holders) to expedite their naturalization process. The changes could result in increased deportations for members of our military and their family members.
What Should You Do Now?
If you or someone you know may benefit from an application for Parole in Place (PIP), please contact an immigration attorney at Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, P.C.