For now, Army suspends discharges of immigrant recruits

Via:  tessylo  •  9 months ago  •  5 comments

For now, Army suspends discharges of immigrant recruits

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For now, Army suspends discharges of immigrant recruits

 MARTHA MENDOZA and GARANCE BURKE,Associated Press 3 hours ago 


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1  seeder  Tessylo    9 months ago

'The reversal comes as the Defense Department has attempted to strengthen security requirements for the program, through which historically immigrants vowed to risk their lives for the promise of U.S. citizenship.

President George W. Bush ordered "expedited naturalization" for immigrant soldiers after 9/11 in an effort to swell military ranks. Seven years later the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest program, known as MAVNI, became an official recruiting program.

It came under fire from conservatives when President Barack Obama added DACA recipients — young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children — to the list of eligible enlistees. In response, the military layered on additional security clearances for recruits to pass before heading to boot camp.

The Trump Administration added even more hurdles, creating a backlog within the Defense Department. Last fall, hundreds of recruits still in the enlistment process had their contracts canceled.

Government attorneys called the recruitment program an "elevated security risk" in another case involving 17 foreign-born military recruits who enlisted through the program but have not been able to clear additional security requirements. Some recruits had falsified their background records and were connected to state-sponsored intelligence agencies, the court filing said.

Eligible recruits are required to have legal status in the U.S., such as a student visa, before enlisting. More than 5,000 immigrants were recruited into the program in 2016, and an estimated 10,000 are currently serving. Nearly 110,000 members of the Armed Forces have gained citizenship by serving in the U.S. military since Sept. 11, 2001, according to the Defense Department.'

Bolding is mine.  So now the Rump administration is trying to expel legal immigrants as well?  Anyone with an immigrant attached to their name legal or otherwise, looks like he's trying to expel them all.  

1.1  Skrekk  replied to  Tessylo @1    9 months ago

Unconstitutional chaos seems to be the Trump regime's raison d'etre.    There's no way Trump's policy doesn't violate the legal principle of reliance.

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1.2  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Tessylo @1    9 months ago

he's trying to expel them all.

Unless they are from Norway that is.  Those are the only immigrants he wants.

2  MUVA    9 months ago

Good news I served with people from many countries.

2.1  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  MUVA @2    9 months ago

That's nice.  


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