Impact of Trump Administration's Military Deportation Protection



Published on July 2, 2019

Orlando Immigration attorney Nayef Mubarak talks to Channel 9 Eyewitness News about how the Trump's Administration is expected to scale back a program that gives families of active military service members who came to the US illegally protection from deportation. The beneficiaries are “paroled” for the purposes of applying for a green card under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The program is It's known as “parole in place”. Call us today at (407) 502-3000.



Channel 9 News (CH9N): The Trump’s administration is expected to scale back a program that gives families of active military service members who came here illegally protection from deportation. Attorneys say it will only become available in very rare circumstances. Attorneys are hearing this could end as soon as the end of the month. The Trump administration has not officially announced an official end date for the program as it stands now, so right now immigration attorneys are scrambling to get in as many applications as possible before it shut down. It's known as “parole in place”. It's a program that allows undocumented spouses or dependents of active military service members who came here illegally to apply for temporary protection from deportation and get a pathway for legal citizenship. The whole purpose was to minimize disruption for active servicemen and women

Nayef Mubarak (NM): The last thing they need to be worried about is whether or not their family members are going to be removed or are at risk of deportation.

CH9N:  Nayef Mubarak is an immigration attorney in Orlando. He says he has had around a dozen cases impacted by parole in place a program. Attorneys across the country are now learning is expected to end.

NM: That door of opportunity and hope might end for so many families.

CH9N:  Mubarak currently represents an undocumented woman whose husband serves in the National Guard.

NM: We had to send off her application right away because from all the information we're gathering is that this program is going to end by the end of July.

CH9N: It's unclear exactly how many people have used the program since it got widespread attention in 2010. The people applying for the program are approved or turned down on a case-by-case basis by immigration agencies. They screen the individuals, run a criminal background check and determine if the person is contributing to society.

NM:  I've had so many clients successfully go through this procedure and has changed their lives

CH9N: It's unclear what will happen to all of the pending applications that have already been submitted but haven't been approved at the time the program is officially shut down. So there are still a lot of questions with how this will all work tonight. Reporting live in the studio Samantha Manning Channel 9 Eyewitness News .


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