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Rush Introduces Legislation To Stop Family Separations

October 13, 2020

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) introduced H.R. 8585, the American Right to Family Act, which directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to grant lawful temporary residence to the parents of citizens, provided they have lived in the United States for 10 years. The parents of children who were brought to the U.S. when they were under 16 will also be eligible, under the same parameters.

"Immigrants are a vital part of communities across the United States, and the families that come here, often fleeing violence or persecution, must have the certainty that they will not be broken up because of the Trump Administration's inhumane policies" said Rep. Rush. "Breaking up families that have become crucial to the fabric of their communities is immoral, economically nonsensical, and contrary to our values."

"That's why today I am introducing the American Right to Family Act, which will restore the security thousands of families have lost amidst the Administration's efforts to rescind DACA. By granting the parents of U.S. citizens lawful status, this critical legislation will allow families to stay together, continue to build their American dream, and contribute to their communities in countless ways."

Under American Right to Family Act, the temporary lawful status granted to eligible individuals would be valid for three years, and there would be no limit on how many times an applicant could file to renew their status. An individual's application would be automatically extended while pending review.