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National Immigration Project: Biden’s Affirmative Relief Announcement Is a Critical Step in the Right Direction

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Children and Families
Posted: Jun. 18, 2024

For Immediate Release
June 18, 2024

Arianna Rosales, 

Washington, DC – The Biden Administration today announced new executive actions that will grant parole in place to half a million undocumented immigrants married to U.S. citizens and provide guidance to streamline the process for some DACA recipients and DACA-eligible youth applying for employment-based visas. 

In response, Sirine Shebaya, Executive Director of the National Immigration Project, said: 

"Today, we join our communities and fellow advocates in celebrating the tremendous grassroots efforts that led to this executive action. The announcement is a hard-fought victory that will provide much-needed relief and stability to hundreds of thousands of families who will finally be able to live without fear of being torn apart. 

“We urge the administration to implement this relief broadly, without exclusions. Disappointingly, the announced policy continues to harness the same framing of ‘national security’ and ‘public safety’ that DHS and other law enforcement agencies have long used as pretexts to exclude many Black, brown, Muslim, Arab, Asian, and other immigrants of color from critical protections. 

“While this is a step in the right direction, we urge the administration to use this momentum to truly deliver on the promise it made to protect immigrant communities. As we enter another election season, our communities urgently need bold, permanent, and inclusive relief. We join the chorus of voices advocating for permanent protections for all of our community members, including the many who were excluded in today’s announcement.”


The National Immigration Project (NIPNLG) is a membership organization of attorneys, advocates, and community members who are driven by the belief that all people should be treated with dignity, live freely, and flourish. We litigate, advocate, educate, and build bridges across movements to ensure that those most impacted by the immigration and criminal systems are uplifted and supported. Learn more at Follow NIPNLG on Facebook, X, and Instagram at @NIPNLG.