Duckworth: Deporting military families 'cruel, inhumane, a threat to national security'
Source: Crain's Chicago Business
In a letter signed by Duckworth and 21 colleagues, all Democrats, Illinois' junior senator said terminating the “parole in place program” would be “cruel, inhumane and will result in separating military families.” Beyond that, she added, such an action would be “a direct threat to our military readiness and national security.” (You can read the full letter below.)
The program involved effectively allows officials to parole an illegal immigrant if their spouse or parent is on duty, sometimes in the country and sometimes abroad. Eventually they can apply for a green card allowing permanent residency.
The letter was sent to Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan and Acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper. Neither has commented, with a spokesman for McAleenan saying the agency does not publicly respond to congressional correspondence.
In a related development, Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul, the son of Haitian immigrants, joined with 19 attorneys general to file an amicus brief asking a federal judge in California to order DHS and others to provide humane treatment to children who have been stopped at the border and are being held in internment facilities.
“I am absolutely appalled at the inhumane conditions in which our federal government is housing children. These children were brought to the United States for better, safer lives; instead they will be forever traumatized by the cruelty they experienced on U.S. soil,” Raoul said. “Every American should be outraged by our government’s treatment of migrant children at the border, and I am proud to stand with my counterparts to fight for their health and welfare.”
By: Greg Hinz
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