Los Angeles – The government of President Donald Trump exempted foreign children from the suspension of issuance of permanent residence permits for immigrants, known as the “green card”, allowing minors to continue their applications despite the prohibition of the Executive, immigration attorneys warned this Wednesday.
In a statement, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) explained that thanks to a lawsuit filed last May against the White House, the Government was forced to continue with the processes of minors.
Last Monday, the government extended an executive order until December, suspending the issuance of residence permits, in a tightening of its immigration policy in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.RELATED
Initially, the president had signed the ban, which includes a visa for workers for 60 days, the original text of which had made no exception for children.
In May, AILA, in conjunction with the Justice Action Center (JAC) and Innovation Law Lab, sued the President on behalf of several parents who hoped to complete the processes with which they were immigrating their children and were affected by the executive order.
The lawsuit asked the United States District Court for the District of Columbia (DC) to protect these families from harm caused by the immigrant visa ban, as many children’s processes could go back years and even leave them out of the category for turning 21 years old.
This was the case of Domingo Arreguin Gómez, who is leading the lawsuit. The immigrant, who has been a lawful permanent resident for 30 years, had applied to immigrate to the United States from Mexico to his minor stepdaughter.
Due to the executive order, the young woman was at imminent risk of losing her place on the visa waiting list because she turned 21 in June. Upon becoming an adult applicant, the young woman had had to enter another category, which would force her to wait even decades before being able to immigrate, the lawsuit alerts.
The exclusion from the White House of these minors will now allow them to continue their cases without being affected by the ban.
AILA said in a statement that “they are relieved by the plaintiffs and the other equally affected families that they will now be able to reunite with their children.”