Hispanic Caucus Members Aim to Protect Immigrant Gold Star Families from Trump’s Deportation Policies
Congressional Hispanic Caucus members are trying to protect immigrant Gold Star families, those who lost family members in active duty, following reports that the Trump administration is scaling back the Parole in Place program, which protects undocumented military family members from deportation. “The Trump administration’s actions to deport veterans and family members – even in violation of federal law and their own policies – is disturbing,” said Congressman Rubén Gallego (D-AZ), an Iraq war vet. “Ending this program would undermine the readiness of our armed forces, hurt morale, and demonize military families who sacrifice every day for their loved ones serving our nation.” Gallego joined fellow Representatives Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), Darren Soto (D-FL), Vicente González (D-TX), and Verónica Escobar (D-TX) to introduce the Protecting Immigrant Gold Star and Military Families Act on Wednesday. “Our military families deserve better. They protect us abroad; now it is our turn to protect them,” said Soto. The bill would prevent the Trump administration from deporting the immediate family members (spouses, parents, children, and siblings) of members of the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans who served on active duty and who were discharged in conditions other than dishonorable, and service members who died in the line of duty if they have not committed a serious crime.“This bill protects military families from the xenophobic agenda of the Trump administration, and ensures that no family sacrificing their life and future to serve our nation overseas is ripped apart by Trump’s mass deportation policies,” Grijalva said. González added, “For a Commander-in-Chief who proudly proclaims support of our military and veterans, he has an odd way of showing it. And Escobar stated, “Regardless of their immigration status, we must honor our promise to their families and to our active-duty troops and veterans.” More here.