Military families who are not U.S. citizens would no longer face deportation, under a measure pending before the Senate. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D.-Ill., sponsored the bill, entitled the Military Family Parole in Place Act. If passed, the law would require the Department of Homeland Security to grant parole to undocumented service members, veterans and their families, as long as their service member sponsors have not been dishonorably discharged from military service.
The parole would apply to parents, children, spouses, widows and widowers of service members, and would remain in effect for one year after discharge. Should the Department of Homeland Security not approve a parole, the persons concerned could not be deported without approval by both the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments.
“Our troops serving overseas should be focused on doing their jobs, not worrying about whether their family members will be deported. Ending these deportation protections would be cruel and inhumane and a direct threat to our readiness,” Duckworth said.
The bill has garnered support from the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and other advocacy groups.