“It used to be veterans we’d see more frequently. We’re now seeing an uptick in active-duty people.” – Nancy Kuznetsov, of American Families United
So it’s how many families with this problem?
According to American Families United, threats of deportation or other separation might affect as many as 11,800 active duty military families. I, for one, have never seen a dartboard with that high a number, but based on the AFU’s methodology, that’s about as accurate a depiction of how they got that figure as anything else.
So we need to do something about this
Agreed. And that “something” probably should have been something like the US military making sure that folks were married to folks that were married to other folks who were allowed to remain in the country.
Which would be one take if we’re all going to be assholes about this.
Another take? A lot of the people affected were here legally under DACA, which Donald Trump thinks sucks and therefore someone who was brought here as a baby should have by now done all the things they should do to be a citizen. And so no more opportunities for them to remain.
Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, so I can deport ‘em.
For some reason, despite rampant xenophobia, there are people who were born other places who want to stay in the United States. Some of those people married other people who volunteered to go into harm’s way to defend other people’s right to be assholes.
The USG needs to…fix…this. Because if you’re deploying, you shouldn’t have to worry about whether or not your spouse is going to be waiting for you at home, or back in the country of their birth just because our current Commander-in-Chief has no empathy.