The memo in part states that relatives without criminal records and who aren’t national security risks could apply for a “parole in place” status, thereby having their deportations suspended. The parole status is authorized in one-year increments and allows relatives who are legally here to adjust for permanent legal status. Others who can adjust their status include undocumented immediate relatives and employment-based immigrants who fell out of status for less than six months.
About five percent of the force, or more than 65,000 military immigrants, currently serve on active-duty. The memo indicates that halting the deportation of immigrant family members would help to alleviate the “stress and anxiety” of military personnel.