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NALEO Educational Fund Applauds Immigration Services Aim to Unite Families

NALEO Educational Fund Applauds Immigration Services Aim to Unite Families

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The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund issued the following statement regarding a proposed rule change by the United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency that would allow immigrant spouses and children of U.S. citizens to petition for waivers to the 3-year and 10-year bars to legal permanent resident status while living in the United States:

“The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund commends the United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Director Alejandro Mayorkas for their efforts to address a burdensome flaw in our nation’s immigration system.

“Every day, thousands of Americans are forced to spend significant periods of time away from loved ones who must return to their home country to complete the legal visa process and apply for a waiver to the automatic 3-year and 10-year bars that prevent their return. The agency’s proposed regulation will drastically reduce the amount of time these families are separated by permitting spouses and children of U.S. citizens to apply for a waiver to these bars prior to returning to their country of origin to complete the legal visa process.

“This proposal is consistent with our organization’s principles on a balanced approach to comprehensive immigration reform that aims to strengthen the fabric of society by uniting American families and keeping spouses, children and parents together. We look forward to its implementation and the end to an antiquated administrative practice that has penalized the families of individuals eligible to apply for legal permanent resident status for far too long.

“We support the proposed regulation and will continue to work with the USCIS to improve the nation’s immigration policies and ensure that American families are kept together.”