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New policy allows families of military to stay intact

The Obama administration recently enacted a new policy that will allow undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States if they are the parent, spouse or child of a person who either is serving or has served in the United States Armed Forces.

This is good news for military families who may have an undocumented immigrant in their home and who have, until now, been worried that the family would be broken up should that person be deported. As an added bonus, these people will now be eligible to receive benefits from the military.

In response to critics who say that this new policy is illegal, the administration has said that it is simply using its discretion to enforce existing immigration laws. The administration has further decided that illegal immigrants with a family member serving the country are a low-level threat and do warrant a positive response on the part of federal immigration authorities.

Some people, however, are claiming that the Congress should have voted on this measure. At a minimum, they argue, the administration should have promulgated a new regulation, which would have given the public at large an opportunity to respond to this proposal. As it stands, the administration has acted unilaterally, at least according to these critics.

Still, those who favor more liberal immigration laws cannot help but be cautiously optimistic about this decision, which may well give people incentive to serve their country and also may operate so as to keep families intact.

In any event, however, those who qualify for relief under this policy may find it difficult to navigate the complexities of the American immigration system. These people may want to speak with an attorney who has experience with immigration law for advice and assistance.

Source: Fox News, "Immigration change gives legal status to undocumented relatives of US military," William La Jeunesse and Dan Gallo, Mar. 11, 2014

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