Senators call on administration to keep program protecting servicemenbers' families

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WASHINGTON (CBS19 NEWS) -- A group of nearly two dozen U.S. Senators, including Tim Kaine, are calling on the Trump administration to keep protections for certain immigrant families.

The Trump administration has proposed ending protections against the deportation of military families whose loved ones are deployed.

The program is called Parole in Place and it prevents immigrants who are spouses, parents and children of active-duty servicemembers and veterans from being deported.

The senators say ending this program would be a significant threat to military readiness and national security.

"Though this program, servicemembers are able to fight for the United States overseas and not worry that their spouse, children or parents will be deported while they are away," wrote the senators in a letter to Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan and Acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper. "Terminating PIP would not only cause personal hardship to our servicemen and women, but negatively impact them in combat. Withdrawing protections from military families is a direct threat to our military readiness and our national security."

They also wrote ending the program would "fly in the face of American values" and show the country does not value the contributions of military families.

Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois who authored the letter that Kaine and 20 other senators signed.

To read the full letter, click on the link in the Related Documents box.

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