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Understanding President Biden’s Proposed Parole in Place Program

Jun 24, 2024 | adjustment of status, Executive Order, Green card, immigration

Introduction

The Biden administration has been actively working on reforming various aspects of the U.S. immigration system.

Among the proposed changes is the Parole in Place (PIP) program, which aims to address the status of certain undocumented immigrants in a humane and pragmatic manner.

In this blog post, I will explore what the Parole in Place program entails, who it benefits, and its potential impact on the immigration landscape.

What is Parole in Place (PIP)?

Parole in Place is a discretionary program that allows certain undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States temporarily without the fear of deportation.

Traditionally, PIP has been used primarily for the immediate family members of U.S. military personnel, allowing them to apply for lawful permanent residence (green card) without having to leave the country.

This policy acknowledges the sacrifices of military families and aims to keep them together.

Biden’s Proposed Expansion of PIP

President Biden’s proposed expansion of the PIP program seeks to extend its benefits to a broader group of undocumented immigrants.

The key elements of the proposed changes include:

Eligibility Expansion: The expansion would potentially include immediate family members of U.S. citizens, beyond just military families. This would cover spouses and children or stepchildren of U.S. citizens who entered without inspection and would allow them to apply for PIP and, subsequently, adjust their status to lawful permanent residence without leaving the U.S.  Currently, those who entered without inspection must first leave the United States to get a green card and may need to obtain an I-601A waiver for unlawful presence prior to departure.

Humanitarian Focus: The program emphasizes humanitarian considerations, aiming to keep families together and reduce the hardships associated with deportation and family separation.

Streamlined Process: The proposed changes aim to simplify and expedite the application process for PIP, making it more accessible and less bureaucratic. This includes clearer guidelines and a more straightforward path to obtaining parole and subsequent adjustment of status.

Benefits of the Expanded PIP Program

Family Unity: One of the most significant benefits of the expanded PIP program is the emphasis on keeping families together. By allowing eligible family members to remain in the U.S. and apply for lawful status, the program reduces the emotional and financial toll of family separation.

Legal Pathway: The expansion provides a legal pathway for undocumented immigrants to obtain lawful permanent residence. This not only benefits the individuals involved but also contributes to a more orderly and regulated immigration system.

Humanitarian Relief: The expanded PIP program offers humanitarian relief to those who have been living in the shadows, providing them with an opportunity to regularize their status and live without the constant fear of deportation.

Economic and Social Contributions: Allowing undocumented immigrants to adjust their status and work legally can have positive economic and social impacts. These individuals can fully participate in the economy, pay taxes, and contribute to their communities.

Potential Challenges and Criticisms

While the proposed expansion of the PIP program has many potential benefits, it is not without challenges and criticisms:

Implementation: Ensuring that the expanded program is implemented efficiently and fairly will require significant administrative effort and resources. Clear guidelines and adequate staffing will be essential to avoid backlogs and delays.

Public and Political Opposition: Immigration reform is often a contentious issue, and the proposed expansion of PIP may face opposition from those who believe it incentivizes illegal immigration or undermines border security.

Legal Challenges: Changes to immigration policy can be subject to legal challenges, which could delay or alter the implementation of the expanded PIP program.

As of the date of this blog post, there is no program in place pursuant President Biden’s proposal.

More information will be published in the federal register in the coming weeks, with details on when and how to apply.

Be aware of scammers claiming you can apply for this program right now. You cannot.

Conclusion

Biden’s proposed Parole in Place program represents a significant step towards humane and practical immigration reform.

By expanding eligibility and simplifying the process, the program aims to keep families together and provide a legal pathway for undocumented immigrants to regularize their status.

While there are challenges to be addressed, the potential benefits of the expanded PIP program make it a crucial component of the broader effort to create a more just and compassionate immigration system.

As the proposal progresses, it will be essential to stay informed about the latest developments and understand how these changes may impact you or your loved ones.

If you believe you or someone you know may be eligible for the Parole in Place program, consulting with an experienced immigration lawyer can provide valuable guidance and support throughout the process.

Ruchi Thaker