Young Texas immigrants eligible for DACA want to serve, but can't enlist

Young Texas immigrants eligible for DACA want to serve, but can't enlist

"When Leonardo Castro says he’s willing to die for his country, he means the United States.  For Castro, born in Mexico and brought into the U.S. illegally at age 2, this is the only country he knows and loves.  So when the federal government approved his petition for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in October, Castro, 21, called an Army recruiting office to enlist.  Castro, a University of Texas at Arlington junior, Eagle Scout and ROTC cadet, was turned down because he is an unauthorized immigrant.  Although the DACA program suggests those who receive deferred action could enlist, the Department of Defense said they cannot.  The rejection disappointed Castro.  And the military’s policy also has created confusion among other young immigrants who hope to join the military once they get their temporary legal status and work permits." -  LOURDES VÁZQUEZ, Nov. 10, 2013.