Democratic senators have reintroduced legislation that would allow the immigrant relatives of active-duty military personnel to receive permanent-resident status, according to The Record.
The bill, known as the Military Families Act, would allow the immigrant parents, spouses and children of anyone who has served in the US military since 2001 to receive green cards. The legislation would also cover the immigrant relatives of those who have died in the armed services.
“We owe the men and women who risk their lives in service of our nation so much, and that should include the right to be united with their closest family members in our country on a permanent basis,” said New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez, who originally introduced the bill in 2009, according to the newspaper.
The measure has not been supported by any Congressional Republicans, according to the news source.
If passed, the bill would be second major expansion of residency rights for immigrants with connections to the US military. In 2009, the federal government began offering an expedited path to US citizenship for immigrants with temporary visas who join the armed services.