After two years in the National Guard, his service may be key to getting a green card from his parents Reedley
REEDLEY, Calif. (KSEE / KGPE) – This Veterans Day is special, says Margarito Negrete, whose son Pedro serves in the California National Guard.
Thanks to Pedro’s service, Margarito and his wife could finally be on their way to US citizenship after more than two decades.
“It’s a great help, and I’m so happy that we now have this opportunity,” said Negrete.
“So far he has obtained his “Parole in place” and approved work permit, ”explained Linda Barreto, lawyer for Negrete.
‘Parole in placeIt is an Obama-era discretionary program that allows parents, children or undocumented spouses of military personnel or veterans to stay in the United States for a period of time.
The program itself does not grant immigration status, but it can help applicants who apply for immigration benefits that require legal entry. This includes a green card.
“When Pedro turns 21 next year, he can petition for me and my wife,” explained Negrete, a transplant from Reedley. He added that he was very optimistic about the opportunity to return to Jalisco, Mexico, and visit his loved ones for the first time in more than 20 years.
Negrete said he and his wife would continue to work in the agricultural industry with their work permits.
“I thank God that we are still here and that we can continue to contribute to this country. The echamos ganas. We are working hard. “