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Biden to announce new policy that will provide deportation protection, work permits for spouses of US citizens

By Melanie Uson Published Jun 18, 2024 4:41 pm

U.S. president Joe Biden is planning to announce a new policy that will protect undocumented spouses of American citizens from deportation and help them secure work permits. 

Sources told international outlets including the Associated Press (AP) and NBC News that Biden will be announcing a new policy called the “parole in place” program that will protect undocumented spouses from deportation and secure work permits on a case-to-case basis, including if they have lived in the country for 10 years. 

In addition to this, NBC News also reported that he is expected to announce a new action regarding recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) who earned degrees in higher education and are seeking a job in that same field, including making them eligible for visas instead of the current temporary work authorization. 

This move is also seen to help immigrants who do not have legal status to secure permanent residency or U.S. citizenship. The new actions are expected to be challenged in court before they can finally be enacted.  

“This is a defining moment in history, and we need to meet this moment,” said Ashley DeAzevedo, the president of American Families United.

The White House, however, declined to comment on the pending announcement, as per the AP

The new policy will be a big move for Biden, especially before the nearing end of his first term for the November 2024 elections.