Biden to shield 500,000 undocumented spouses from deportation, Indians to benefit

US President Joe Biden will announce a new protection programme for undocumented spouses of American citizens on Tuesday. This new programme, aimed at individuals living in the US illegally but married to American citizens, seeks to shield them from deportation, grant them work permits, and offer a pathway to citizenship, according to The New York Times.

The ‘Parole in Place’ programme will protect approximately 500,000 undocumented immigrants from deportation, as reported by NBC News.

The new programme to protect spouses from deportation is expected to benefit the Indian community. Biden’s announcement will alleviate deportation fears among Indians living in mixed-status households.

President Biden’s move comes amid varying political pressures surrounding immigration policy in the US. While some Americans advocate for stricter border controls, this initiative underscores Biden’s commitment to implementing humane immigration reforms.


The ‘Parole in Place’ aims to simplify the process for certain undocumented immigrants to obtain a green card and pursue US citizenship.

Undocumented spouses will be allowed to obtain work permits on a case-by-case basis, according to NBC News.

Undocumented spouses married to US citizens for at least ten years will be eligible to apply for the “Parole in Place” program.

This initiative aims to streamline the process for obtaining work permits and pursuing a green card, offering a viable pathway to legal residency, as reported by The Wall Street Journal.

Currently, individuals residing in the US without legal status for a year or more face significant barriers to obtaining legal status, including a requirement to leave the country for ten years.

Advocates argue that this policy has prevented millions from securing legal residency despite being married to US citizens.

In addition to the “Parole in Place” programme, President Biden will introduce measures to support Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.

This initiative aims to help undocumented immigrants who entered the US as children find employment in fields related to their academic degrees, reported NBC News.

Former President Donald Trump criticised Biden’s new immigration policies, labelling them “unsustainable” in a post on Truth Social. Trump vowed a tougher stance on border security and pledged to deport undocumented immigrants if elected.

Published By:

Girish Kumar Anshul

Published On:

Jun 18, 2024

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