US Army Quietly Ousting Immigrant Recruits After Promising Path to Citizenship

(CD) — Immigrants who joined the U.S. Army through a program promising U.S. citizenship have been abruptly discharged—likely ruining their chances of naturalization and potentially putting them at risk for deportation.

fuckin Trump is deporting the troops https://t.co/cQfRLahBnd
— ryan cooper (@ryanlcooper) July 6, 2018

At least 40 people who joined the Army in recent years through the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI) program, begun in 2008, have been thrown out of the service or been given reason to doubt the safety of their military status in recent days. Many have been given no reason for their discharge, while others have been told that “personal links to relatives living abroad led them to be labeled as security risks,” according to the Huffington Post.

MAVNI has recruited tens of thousands of immigrants with special medical or language skills to fill numerous positions the Army was unable to fill with U.S.-born recruits.

In order to obtain the “expedited naturalization” promised by the program, the program stipulates that recruits must be “honorably discharged.” According to lawyers for the recruits, who spoke to the Associated Press, the dozens of people who have been turned away from the Army in recent days have been given an “uncategorized discharge.”

The Trump administration’s policies cracking down on undocumented immigration have drawn outrage, with hundreds of thousands of Americans protesting his “zero tolerance” policy and practice of separating families at the U.S.-Mexico border last weekend.

With grave concern over the administration’s treatment of undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers already abundant, new attacks on naturalized citizens and those who have been promised future pathways to citizenship are drawing increasing levels of alarm.

Trump admin policies: ✅Prosecute undocumented immigrants & separate them from their kids✅Halve the number of legal immigrants, block spouses from working ✅Set up task-force to rescind citizenship from naturalized immigrants✅Now: discharge immigrant recruits from the army pic.twitter.com/kwA2cTUh3T
— Don Moynihan (@donmoyn) July 5, 2018

If you think its just about MS-13, or even undocumented immigrants, you have not been paying attention. All kinds of immigrants have become less welcome in the US and more vulnerable because of the actions in this administration.
— Don Moynihan (@donmoyn) July 5, 2018

By Julia Conley / Creative Commons / Common Dreams / Report a typo

This article was chosen for republication based on the interest of our readers. Anti-Media republishes stories from a number of other independent news sources. The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not reflect Anti-Media editorial policy.

Since you’re here…
…We have a small favor to ask. Fewer and fewer people are seeing Anti-Media articles as social media sites crack down on us, and advertising revenues across the board are quickly declining. However, unlike many news organizations, we haven’t put up a paywall because we value open and accessible journalism over profit — but at this point, we’re barely even breaking even. Hopefully, you can see why we need to ask for your help. Anti-Media’s independent journalism and analysis takes substantial time, resources, and effort to produce, but we do it because we believe in our message and hope you do, too.

If everyone who reads our reporting and finds value in it helps fund it, our future can be much more secure. For as little as $1 and a minute of your time, you can support Anti-Media. Thank you. Click here to support us

Related Posts

6 Reasons Why Trump Should Never Get the Nobel Peace Prize

Comments Off on 6 Reasons Why Trump Should Never Get the Nobel Peace Prize

Watch: ICE Whistleblower Interview With CBS Interrupted by Government Agents

Comments Off on Watch: ICE Whistleblower Interview With CBS Interrupted by Government Agents

2018 Update: More Evidence That Half of Americans Are in or Near Poverty

Comments Off on 2018 Update: More Evidence That Half of Americans Are in or Near Poverty

Farmers in America Are Now Killing Themselves at an Unprecedented Rate

Comments Off on Farmers in America Are Now Killing Themselves at an Unprecedented Rate

Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Arrested for Arranging to Rape Multiple Young Children

Comments Off on Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Arrested for Arranging to Rape Multiple Young Children

20-Foot-Tall Trump Baby Blimp Coming Home to America

Comments Off on 20-Foot-Tall Trump Baby Blimp Coming Home to America

Hundreds of Cancer Lawsuits Against Monsanto Finally Get Green Light

Comments Off on Hundreds of Cancer Lawsuits Against Monsanto Finally Get Green Light

US Conducts Successful Field Test Of New Gravity Nuclear Bomb

Comments Off on US Conducts Successful Field Test Of New Gravity Nuclear Bomb

Watch: 6-Year-Old Immigrant Girl Who Ignited National ICE Protests Finally Reunited with Her Mom

Comments Off on Watch: 6-Year-Old Immigrant Girl Who Ignited National ICE Protests Finally Reunited with Her Mom

Amazon Employees Revolt Against Company for Collaborating With ICE and Police

Comments Off on Amazon Employees Revolt Against Company for Collaborating With ICE and Police

Supreme Court Gives Any President a Blank Check to Detain American Citizens

Comments Off on Supreme Court Gives Any President a Blank Check to Detain American Citizens

Hillary Clinton 2020?

Comments Off on Hillary Clinton 2020?

Create Account



Log In Your Account