By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
Dec. 9, 2013
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – President Barack Obama has been under a lot of pressure from immigrants and their advocates to stop deportations while immigration reform is being debated in congress.
And so his administration quietly issued a directive to help undocumented immigrants who are closely related to military personnel stay in the United States.
Under this directive called Parole in Place—parents, spouses and minor children of those in active duty, as well as veterans and reservists, no longer have to leave the United States to apply for legal status.
In the past, these family members had to be barred from reentering the country for years.
Advocates said this will ease the worries of deployed service men that their families might get deported while they’re away.
It is not determined how many undocumented immigrants will get paroled under this directive.
Critics have slammed Obama on this move, calling it amnesty in small doses.
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