REPORT: Military Families Are Already Suffering Under Trump, And It’s About To Get Worse
Trump built his campaign in part on a promise to give the military support he thought was lacking. Yet in his first month in office, he has already enacted policies that have hurt military families, and things are set to get even worse.
First, Trump’s hiring freeze inadvertently forced at least three military bases to cut back significantly on providing childcare. While the executive order to freeze government hiring was worded to exempt childcare workers on bases, it nonetheless created barriers to hiring that meant bases had to scale back what kind of childcare they could offer. The effect: military families struggling to get the care they need.
Even worse: some service members’ families are at risk of deportation under Trump’s immigration orders.
In 2013, the Obama administration issued a policy memo enacting a policy called “Parole in Place.” Basically, the program gave immigrant family members of people serving in the military a reprieve from immigration enforcement actions. The Defense Department requested the memo, and Obama’s Department of Homeland Security granted it.
The memo actually expanded on and clarified a policy first introduced by former president George W. Bush.
The policy only applied to immediate family members, and it specifically excluded those with criminal convictions. DHS emphasized the policy’s importance on two fronts: one, as a commitment to support America’s troops, and two, as a matter of national security. They argued that being worried about the potential deportation of their families distracts deployed soldiers from their work and ultimately made them less effective.
Trump’s executive order on immigration curtailed those protections, leaving the family members of deployed soldiers vulnerable to detention and deportation. It is unclear whether Trump and his advisors simply revoked these protections in his immigration order because they didn’t know they existed, or if they really intended to undermine the security of soldiers’ families. Either way, right now the result is the same: uncertainty and fear for people who have chosen to serve this country.
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Laura has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University, and a Master of Arts in International Affairs from Boston University Pardee School of Global Studies. In addition to Reverb Press, she is a contributor at Mic and Medium.