Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Immigration change gives legal status to undocumented relatives of US military

This new policy was started by the President, without approval by Congress.    - - Donna Poisl

By William La Jeunesse, Dan Gallo

Immigration reform may be stalled in Congress, but a new Obama administration policy is extending legal status and military benefits to thousands of illegal immigrants who are the spouses, parents and children of American military members.

Supporters say the policy -- which applies to active-duty military, reservists and veterans -- is long overdue.

"Those veterans and those men and women who serve in the National Guard certainly deserve the peace of mind that their family members will not be deported," immigration attorney Faye Kolly said.

But critics say the policy is tantamount to backdoor amnesty.

"A whole class of aliens with no right to be in the United States are suddenly going to be allowed to live and work here on the basis of their relationship with military and veterans," said Dan Cadman, with the Center for Immigration Studies.
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