Reforming I-601 / Hardship Waivers and Allowing Waivers for Permanent BarsIt is a fundamental principle of American values that the US government has no right to tell any citizen to choose between their spouse, the love of their life – and their country. Yet that is what current law does.
In many cases what triggers a banishment of three or ten years, even life, is a trivial or even wholly technical violation. It can be as inadvertent as being the passenger who nods when the driver is asked a question in a language not understood.
US citizens whose families face destruction, who literally must choose between their marriages and obligations as parents, or their rights as Americans to live in the United States, should get their opportunity to ask an immigration judge to consider the hardship imposed on them – as US citizens – by the law.
The American Families United Act, HR 3431, introduced by Congressman Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) and Congressman Steve Pearce (R-NM) restores the US citizen's right to fairness and due process that existed prior to 1996.
The American Families United Act would standardize the I-601 waiver process to apply to all administrative and technical bars, with fair standards for immigration judges to evaluate I-601 waiver applications.