Press Release

Rep. Cuellar: Protect Military Families from Deportation

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WASHINGTON, February 23, 2017 | Victoria Glynn ((202) 340-9148) | comments
"Our military families are examples of resilience and sacrifice for all of us to follow. Out of respect for their service, and to preserve military readiness, until recently we protected them regardless of immigration status through the Parole in Place program, by giving them a chance to apply for a green card while living in the United States. It's common decency and common sense: how could a soldier, sailor, airman, or Marine focus on their duty, when their spouse or child could be deported at any time?

But this President's rushed and ill-considered Executive Orders may have, intentionally or inadvertently, removed those protections. I call on the President to formally clarify that his administration will not take these protections from the families of our troops. If he will not, then just like when he attacked Gold Star parents during his campaign, he has put political showmanship ahead of our servicemembers and their families. That's against American values and dangerous to our national security."
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