Non-Citizens Eager to Serve in U.S. Military Blocked by Government Bureaucracy

"This Veterans Day, we celebrate those who have proudly served in the U.S. military, including immigrants. Immigrants have long served in all branches of the U.S. military as infantry soldiers, medics, foreign-language translators, and in every other job open to them. At last count, foreign...

American Hero, Augustus Maiyo

Margaret Stock writes: " Former Alabama running star Augustus Maiyo, originally of Kenya and now a proud American citizen, wears his US Army colors as he wins the San Antonio Rock n Roll half marathon with a time of 1:04. Augustus joined the Army with an F-1 visa, got his US citizenship at Army...

MAVNI Reinstated!

Margaret D. Stock , the creator of MAVNI , writes: "Attached is the MAVNI reauthorization letter . Please note that TPS holders are eligible for MAVNI, and that Portuguese and Haitian Creole have been added to the language list, as well as French, if the person holds citizenship in an 'African...

Immigration Law & the Military

"T he post-9/11 conflicts have caused major changes in the U.S. military, and those changes have had a substantial impact on non-U.S. citizens serving in the All-Volunteer Force, as well as on the non-citizen family members of U.S. military personnel. After 9/11, as one of the few lawyers with a...

Pentagon Reopens Program Allowing Immigrants With Special Skills to Enlist; Fast Track to Citizenship

"Late last month, the Pentagon reopened a program to recruit legal immigrants with special language and medical skills, which was active for a year in 2009 but was suspended in January 2010. The program is small; it will enlist a total of 1,500 recruits each year for two years, mainly in the Army...

Join the Army, Speak a Language and Become a Citizen

"In 2009 the US Army piloted a yearlong program allowing immigrants with certain language skills or medical training to enlist in the military and receive citizenship by the end of basic training –that’s just 10 weeks. The program was a wild success, enlisting nearly 1,000 people with...

An Air Force Reservist–and Now, an American

"Terrico Cadogan became the first U.S. citizen in his family. His naturalization process was expedited because he served in the Air Force Reserves. Dressed in his navy blue uniform with a perfectly aligned tie and shiny black shoes, just days before the birthdate of America’s independence...

MacArthur fellow Margaret Stock: The public ‘doesn’t understand’ unauthorized immigration

"To Pentagon staffers, Anchorage-based immigration lawyer Margaret Stock has always been “scary smart.” But as of this week, Stock enters a select group of “geniuses,” more formally known as MacArthur fellows. The MacArthur Foundation awards each recipient a “genius...

MacArthur Foundation Fellow Margaret Stock: Video

"We are joined for AILA's October Interview of the Month by Margaret Stock on Skype from Anchorage, Alaska, to discuss her immigration law efforts on behalf of veterans and their families that led to her being named one of the 2013 MacArthur Foundation's Fellows." - AILA YouTube Quicktake...

Good Citizenship

"“I’m not in a powerful position,” says Margaret Stock MPA 2001. “All I can do are the little things I’m capable of doing.” Even so, those little things have added up to a lot—specifically, a program that has the potential to change the lives of thousands...

Stock in Trade: Ingenuity

"When Margaret Stock [Harvard Law] ’92 was young, her great-grandfather, an Army veteran of the Philippine-American War and World War I, lived at her house in Wellesley, Mass. She used to go through his military memorabilia with him—awards, a mirror he’d used in the trenches, and...

Only a Handful of DACAs Will Benefit from MAVNI Expansion

"This week’s announcement that young undocumented immigrants can now enlist in the military may benefit only a handful of DREAMers. Margaret Stock, a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and former professor at West Point, said the Defense Department’s announcement is...

MAVNI Program Halted

"A popular military enlistment program for immigrants with specialized skills is now stuck in bureaucratic limbo — after the Pentagon announced last month it would begin allowing some young immigrants without legal status into the program. Army officials confirmed Thursday that the program...