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Immigration Law

Letter to Biden: Fix Military Naturalization Now!

ACLU, June 28, 2022

"We write to express our concerns about Department of Defense practices that continue to frustrate the expedited naturalization of immigrants currently serving in the U.S. military. We ask for your assistance to ensure the Defense Department undertakes swift action to make naturalization accessible to all those serving our nation. ... We ask for your intervention to address this critically important issue, including by instructing the Defense Department (and where necessary, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) to take the following steps: (1) Rescind the 2017 Trump policy and withdraw appeal of the district court’s order in Samma v. Dep’t of Def., No. 20-1104, 2020 WL 5016893 (D.D.C. Aug. 25, 2020). (2) Provide a fact sheet to all non-citizen service members upon enlistment explaining their entitlement to expedited naturalization and how to seek U.S. citizenship based on their military service, including by requesting a certification of honorable service. (3) Establish points of contact within each military branch to assist service members in obtaining a certification of honorable service and applying for naturalization. (4) Re-establish the Naturalization at Basic Training Initiative at all basic training installations.9 (5) Re-open USCIS overseas offices and ensure naturalization interviews and ceremonies can take place at overseas military bases. ..."