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Biden to Extend Protections to Undocumented Immigrant Spouses of U.S. Citizens

HeadlineJun 18, 2024

The Biden administration is announcing a new policy that would protect hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who are married to U.S. citizens from deportation and grant them a pathway to citizenship. The measure is likely to benefit some 500,000 people who have lived in the U.S. for at least 10 years, and who would otherwise face mounting bureaucratic and legal challenges to obtain these protections if they entered the U.S. unauthorized. They’ll also be allowed to obtain work permits. President Biden is announcing the policy at the White House later today, marking the 12th anniversary of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, which provides deportation relief for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. This comes just weeks after Biden issued a measure temporarily shutting down the U.S.-Mexico border and denying asylum to most migrants who do not cross into the U.S. via ports of entry.

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