Changes expected to Parole in Place program
By Aaron Reinsbach, 436th Airlift Wing Legal Intern
/ Published August 20, 2019
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. --
In January 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order 13767 that announced the administration’s intent to enact changes regarding immigration policy in the United States. Among the proposed changes is the termination of the Parole in Place (PIP) program. PIP affords undocumented family members of those in the Armed Forces the right to reside in the United States while they apply for different immigration statuses, such as permanent residency or a “Green Card.” The original goal of PIP was to minimize disruption for service members stemming from a family member facing deportation. More information about PIP can be found at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) website, https://www.uscis.gov/military/discretionary-options-military-members-enlistees-and-their-families.
While the termination date of this program is unknown, USCIS does plan to announce the eventual termination of categorical parole programs, including PIP. The termination process will require USCIS to submit proposed changes to the Federal Register for public comment. This process can take anywhere from 30 to 180 days. The public comment process is open to anyone interested in voicing their opinions on a matter, whether it be in support or opposition. Once USCIS announces their proposed changes to PIP, you will be able to submit comments at https://www.regulations.gov. In the meantime, USCIS indicated that it will continue to accept PIP applications for consideration on a case-by-case basis, but they have not given clear guidance on when they will stop considering applications.
If you have questions or concerns about PIP and how changes to the program may impact you, please contact the Dover AFB Legal Office at 677-3300. The Legal Office may be able to connect you with the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), a pro bono program that provides assistance to military members dealing with immigration issues. Additionally, you may visit the AILA website at https://www.aila.org/practice/pro-bono/find-your-opportunity/military-assistance-program.