Trump Wants To Withdraw Deportation Protections For Spouses Of Active Troops : FRANCO ORDOÑEZ – NPR

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The funeral of Lance Cpl. Jose Antonio Gutierrez in 2003. Gutierrez was born in Guatemala and served in the Marine Corps until he was killed in Iraq — one of a number of immigrants in the military.

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“The Trump administration wants to scale back a program that protects undocumented family members of active-duty troops from being deported, according to attorneys familiar with those plans.

The attorneys are racing to submit applications for what is known as parole in place after hearing from the wives and loved ones of deployed soldiers who have been told that option is “being terminated.”

The protections will only be available under rare circumstances, the lawyers said they’ve been told.

“It’s going to create chaos in the military,” said Margaret Stock, an immigration attorney who represents recruits and veterans in deportation proceedings. “The troops can’t concentrate on their military jobs when they’re worried about their family members being deported.” ”

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