Military families will be among those to have their cases revisited
Presidente Joe Biden'S administration is reportedly pushing forward with a plan that could see the reversal of thousands of deportations carried out under former President Donald Trunfo’s sweeping immigration crackdown.
In a statement to Politico, which first reported the story, Marsha Espinosa, a spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security, said the agency was “committed to reviewing the cases of individuals whose removals under the prior administration failed to live up to our highest values”.
Ms Espinosa said officials were in the process of developing “a rigorous, systematic approach” to conduct the reviews in “an orderly process” that will allow deported people to present their claims.
Among those whose cases expected to be subject to review are military families and veterans, with a number of returns of military family members having already been facilitated.
Young immigrants who were excluded from protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme (which allows people who were brought to the US as children to live and work in the country without fear of deportation) due to Mr Trump’s efforts to axe the initiative, will also be eligible to have their cases reviewed.
The administration may also broaden its considerations to immigrants who have spouses, children or other family members who are US citizens and can prove their families were dramatically impacted by the deportation of a family member, according to Politico.
Speaking with the publication, Jason Rochester, who voted for Mr Trump in the 2016 US election, said he approved of the former president’s law-and-order message until his family found themselves on the wrong side of it.
Mr Rochester had not imagined that his wife, a stay-at-home mother without any criminal record, who was born in Mexico, would end up blocked from entering the US under Mr Trump’s immigration crackdown.
Contudo, after his wife, Cecilia González Carmona, voluntarily returned to Mexico with plans to come back to the US, she was denied re-entry, even after the couple’s young son was diagnosed with cancer.
As five-year-old Ashton had his kidney removed and underwent 10 months of radiation and chemotherapy, his mother was barred from crossing into the US to be with him.
According to Politico, she asked the Trump administration for emergency permission, or humanitarian parole, to go back to the US to help care for her child.
Contudo, she was told that officials had identified no “urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit” to justify her return.
“I can’t stand to think about the things Ashton used to ask me when he was sick, why she wasn’t there,” Mr Rochester told Politico.
Agora, his wife could be among hundreds to see the decision in their immigration cases overturned under the Biden administration.
O Independente has contacted the DHS for comment.