Democrats protect immigrant gold star families


Democratic lawmakers have joined together to introduce legislation that would protect immigrant gold star and military families from deportation.

Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego (D) alongside Arizona Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D), Texas Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D), Texas Rep. Veronica Escobar (D) and Florida Rep. Darren Soto (D) have introduced the Protecting Immigrant Gold Star and Military Families Act, which comes at a time when President Trump has expressed his hard-line immigration stance. In addition, the Trump administration also announced that it would be scaling back the Parole in Place program, which is a program that protects undocumented military family members from deportation.

With the legislation, the Trump administration would be prevented from deporting the immediate family members – parents, spouses, children and siblings – of members of the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans who served in active duty that were discharged for conditions other than dishonorable, and servicemembers that died in the line of duty if they haven’t committed any serious crimes.