FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: September 22, 2023
Media Contact: Heather Gonzalez
Email: [email protected]
Biden Administration's Redesignation of TPS for Venezuelans: A Step Forward, But What About U.S. Citizens with Undocumented Spouses?
*** Members of the media interested in interviewing someone from American Families United should contact Ashley DeAzevedo at [email protected].***
WASHINGTON, D.C. — American Families United (AFU), a non-profit working to advance legislation that affects U.S. citizens married to foreign nationals, is pleased to acknowledge the recent redesignation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Venezuelans by the Biden Administration. This decision is a significant step forward in recognizing the dire humanitarian crisis in Venezuela and providing much-needed relief to its citizens within the United States. However, we cannot help but question the unequal treatment faced by the 1.4 million U.S. citizens with undocumented spouses.
While we celebrate the Biden Administration's commitment to humanitarian values and the protection of vulnerable populations, we cannot ignore the pressing issue of American families torn apart due to unjust immigration policies. The recent redesignation of TPS for Venezuelans comes after the dedicated efforts of a single mayor who successfully pressured the administration. This raises the important question: How many more U.S. citizens with undocumented spouses must advocate for their families before similar action is taken?
Every day, countless American citizens live in fear of their spouses being deported, separated from their children, or facing the constant uncertainty of their family's future. The emotional and psychological toll of this situation is immeasurable. These families are contributing members of our society, paying taxes, and contributing to their communities. They deserve a pathway to lawful immigration status that respects their dignity and keeps their families together.
We commend the Biden Administration for recognizing the plight of Venezuelans and taking steps to provide them with TPS protections. Still, we urge the administration to consider the families of U.S. citizens, who are equally deserving of compassion and relief from the ongoing fear of deportation.
We call on the administration to expand parole for all U.S. citizen spouses via the Military PiP and Immigrant Military Members and Veterans Initiative (IMMVI).
American Families United remains committed to advocating for fair and equitable immigration policies that prioritize family unity and human rights. We look forward to working alongside the Biden Administration and other stakeholders to find solutions that ensure our family's security and well-being.
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