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White House announces plan to aid longtime undocumented immigrants

Javier Quiroz crossed the U.S. border illegally from Mexico with his mother when he was 3, and that passage has shadowed him all his life.

Now 33, he is a registered nurse married to a U.S. citizen in Texas who can sponsor him for a green card. They have never applied because federal law requires that Quiroz first leave the United States, with no guarantee that he may return.

President Biden announced Tuesday, with Quiroz standing beside him, that immigrant spouses of American citizens may apply for permanent residency without leaving the country, washing away their fears of being separated from their families and putting them on a path to U.S. citizenship.


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