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New immigration hope for military dependents, but enlistment hurdles remain

by Jude Joffe-Block, Fronteras Desk | Take Two®

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Ivan and Mireya Moya, a couple in San Antonio, benefited from the parole in place policy that was formalized in an official memorandum last week. Hernan Rozemberg

Late last week the Obama administration announced a major change to immigration policy with regards to the military. Now military spouses and children who are in the country illegally can stay here without fear of deportation and work towards permanent legal status.

But this new policy appears contradictory to an increasingly common practice in many branches of the military -- a practice that explicitly bans enlistment by people who have undocumented dependents. From the Fronteras Desk in Phoenix, Jude Joffe-Block reports

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