American Families United welcomes USCIS's announcement
of the intent to change I-601 waiver processing for some cases. The proposed change, if finalized, would be a positive step in recognizing the importance of family and the interest of American citizens in the legal immigration process.
Since American Families United has led this fight for many years now, we are encouraged by this progress.
The proposed change would affect US citizens who are sponsoring their spouses or children from inside the US, and would allow the family to remain together while an I-601 waiver application is being processed. However, the proposed change would apply only to the bars described under section 212(a)9(B)(i)(I) and 212(a)9(B)(i)(II) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, and would not alleviate the difficulty in successfully applying for an I-601 waiver.
We need this change and more.
We urge President Obama to issue a final regulation change to implement the proposed I-601 changes without delay, and we urge Congress to make the necessary changes to legal immigration to recognize the rights and interests of Americans.