Darren Soto Aims to Protect Military Spouses from Deportation
Congressman Darren Soto (D-FL) will hold a press conference on Wednesday to announce legislation he introduced that would allow military and veteran spouses who entered the U.S. without documentation to remain in the country while they pursue lawful permanent resident status. The Protect Patriot Spouses Act will allow military or veteran spouses who meet the bill’s requirements to be exempt from the three-and ten-year bars for re-entering the U.S. and no longer considered “inadmissible.” Currently, a person who entered the U.S. without documentation and is married to a military service member or veteran who is a U.S. citizen cannot pursue legal status unless they leave the U.S. and present him-or-herself to a consular post abroad. At least 350,000 American citizens are married to foreign-born spouses with significant problems with U.S. immigration law. Of those, as many as 11,800 active U.S. military service members are dealing with a spouse or family member who is facing deportation, according to American Families United. Soto's press conference today at 2P EST will feature Pamela Juárez, the daughter of a Marine veteran whose mother was deported in August 2018. It will be livestreamed here.