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DHS Announces Plans to Create Filipino WWII Veterans Parole Program

DHS announced that it is creating a parole program to allow certain family members of Filipino and Filipino American World War II veterans to receive parole to come to the United States. This parole program was first announced in November 2014 as part of the President’s executive actions on immigration, and the details are now being worked out by the agency. The new program is expected to enable eligible family members to be “paroled” into the United States in order to provide support and care to their aging veteran family members who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents. While “parole” does not give the individual any permanent right to remain in the United States, parole authority gives DHS discretion to permit individuals to come to the United States for a temporary period of time based upon urgent humanitarian reasons or for significant public benefit. The program is not yet in place, but is expected shortly.