U.S. Army Stops Discharging Immigrants

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The men and women who enlisted in the Army in the special immigrant program looking for a path to citizenship were being discharged, until now. The Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs issued a statement, hopefully shorter than his job title, suspending the involuntary separation actions. Last month news came out that immigrant enlistees were being discharged or had contracts cancelled, some with no explanation. Others were told that they were security risks due to their relatives abroad. Sounds a little like racial profiling to me, which we’re pretty sure is illegal. Recruits for the Army are only eligible if they have legal status in the U.S. when they enroll, like a student visa. in 2016, over 5,000 immigrants were recruited and there are currently 10,000 serving. 110,000 members of the Armed Forces have gained citizenship by serving since 2001.