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Immigration Law

Federal Court Crushes Xenophobic and Discriminatory Pentagon Policy Against Naturalized MAVNI Citizen Soldiers: Tiwari v. Shanahan

Richard Gonzales, NPR, Feb. 2, 2019

"A federal judge in Seattle has ordered the Defense Department to stop discriminating against naturalized citizens who volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army under a program to attract certain immigrants with specialized skills.  U.S. District Judge Thomas Zilly ruled Thursday that the Pentagon may not require soldiers who are naturalized citizens to undergo "continuous monitoring," or security checks every two years, when such scrutiny is not applied to U.S.-born soldiers."

Tiwari v. Shanahan, page 17 - "[The] evidence shows that the DoD was aware of the equal protection violations that would arise if naturalized MAVNI soldiers were treated differently from other citizens,21 but it nevertheless persisted in the discrimination."

[Hats off to the amazing wife and husband team of Margaret D. Stock [see footnote 23] and Neil T. O'Donnell!]