The Center for Law and Social Policy led a group of child-focused organizations to send a letter to the Biden Administration urging the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to expand existing pathways for administrative immigration relief to promote family unity and provide much-needed relief and stability to children in mixed-status immigrant families.

Expanding the use of parole in place would not only allow the administration to grant immediate deportation relief, but would also allow applicants to apply for work authorization to provide economic stability for families. In addition, establishing a reunification program under the same authority could allow for a process to parole spouses of U.S. citizens who have been separated from their families for years. It is critical for this nation’s well-being for policymakers to do everything in their power to support children’s development into thriving adults.