Biden Forms ‘Deportation Shield’ for Who?

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – President Joe Biden announced his new policy on deportation today (June 18).

Biden announced a new policy that would remove the deportation threat for hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants married to U.S. citizens, his latest bold election-year measure.

Biden made the announcement during a White House event to celebrate the Obama-era “dreamers” policy, protecting young undocumented migrants from being deported.

Biden’s latest policy could mean that the approximately 490,000 spouses of U.S. citizens could apply for the “parole in place” program, protecting them from deportation and offering them work permits if they’ve resided in the U.S. for at least ten years. 

Families that could benefit from the policy are expected to attend the event this afternoon, although the White House remains tight-lipped about the event and its attendees.

Biden administration officials have deliberated how protections could be offered to illegal immigrants who have longstanding ties to the U.S.

Tuesday’s move marks the latest immigration action by Biden, who is invoking an authority that has already been offered to other migrants, like family members of the U.S. military who don’t have legal status.

Biden also hinted at this policy on June 4, when he signed an executive order to suspend asylum processing. At the time, he suggested that “in the weeks ahead,” he would discuss his administration’s plans to make the U.S. immigration system “more fair and more just.”

Tuesday’s policy announcement received a warm reception from many prominent Democrats, who planned to travel to Washington, D.C. for the announcement after they expressed discontent with Biden’s stricter border policy.

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