Military Basic Training Naturalizations for Army, Navy, Air Force

"In July 2002, President George W. Bush issued an Executive Order invoking Section 329 of the Immigration & Nationality Act , which allows persons in the United States military to earn their US citizenship on an expedited basis if they serve honorably in wartime. President Bush’s order...

US Army Bars Dual US Citizens from Most Jobs

"Earlier this year, the US Army issued a revised personnel regulation in which the Army announced that dual citizens of the United States and another country are not permitted to enlist in the Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard into jobs that require a security clearance “unless they...

Immigrant Oscar Vazquez fought for right to fight for U.S.

"On July 5, a newly minted U.S. citizen, Oscar Vazquez, found himself in a plane over North Carolina preparing for his first jump as a member of the Army's Airborne unit. Being in that plane with his Airborne brothers fulfilled a dream Vazquez, 25, had had since he was in high school in...

Army Sgt. from Nepal (Naturalized via MAVNI) Named 'Soldier of the Year'

USCIS, Dec. 7, 2012 : "Born and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal, SGT Saral K. Shrestha knew he wanted a military career from the time he was a small boy. Watching shows about the military on television, he dreamed of life as a soldier. As a young man, Shrestha's mother urged him to pursue higher...

Iraq War Army Veteran Now Immigration Reform Activist

"Francisco Lema has become an immigration activist — in great part because the Ecuadorian-born Iraq war veteran has family members who are undocumented. “I still have some relatives that live here in New York, that unfortunately don’t have their papers,” said Lema, 33, who...

Army Spokesperson Says Soldiers With Undocumented Spouses Are 'Harboring'

"JUDE JOFFE-BLOCK, BYLINE: Margaret Stock is an immigration lawyer and a nationally known expert in military issues, and her phone has been ringing a lot lately. MARGARET STOCK: There's been a lot of confusion about whether people are allowed to enlist in the military or not. JOFFE-BLOCK...

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...

When a U.S. Passport Just Isn't Good Enough

"Most of us think a U.S. passport is the "gold standard" of proof of American citizenship. Think again. All three "flavors" of American citizens -- native-born, naturalized and those born abroad -- may apply for U.S. passports , but only native-born Americans may use their passports...