Immigration Law

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More Pentagon Funds Diverted to Border Wall
Posted on 15 Jan 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Katelyn Burns, Vox, Jan. 14, 2020 "The Pentagon — not Mexico — will again be paying for the construction of President Donald Trump’s wall on the US’s southern border, to the tune of $7.2 billion in 2020. According to a... Read More

Tags: wall , Pentagon , Trump , border

Federal Court Crushes Xenophobic and Discriminatory Pentagon Policy Against Naturalized MAVNI Citizen Soldiers: Tiwari v. Shanahan
Posted on 2 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

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... Read More

When things go wrong, immigrants serving in the military look to Margaret Stock
Posted on 8 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Lorelei Laird, ABA Journal, Jan. 2019 - "When Margaret Stock first received the Pentagon’s September 2016 memo, she thought someone had made an amateur mistake. “I’m an attorney, and I taught constitutional law, so I obviously... Read More

Tags: stock , mavni , Pentagon

News Excerpts From the October 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 2 Oct 2014 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

White House Releases Refugee Ceilings for FY 2015 | On September 30, 2014, the White House released a presidential memorandum capping the number of refugee admissions at 70,000 for the upcoming fiscal year and authorizing citizens of some countries... Read More

Trump DOD Reverses Bush Policy Allowing Expedited Military Naturalizations, All Military Naturalization Applicants Warned to Expect Major Delays
Posted on 17 Oct 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Margaret D. Stock , the creator of MAVNI, states: “Xenophobia has been formally institutionalized at the Pentagon. Many immigrants who sign enlistment contracts will no longer be able to naturalize through military service, since they must now pass... Read More

Pentagon Policy Prevents Fully-Vetted Green Card Holder from Enlisting in Army Reserve
Posted on 26 Dec 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jason Buch, San Antonio Express-News, Dec. 26, 2017 - "The day after Mohanad Albdairi began his enlistment in the Army Reserve, recruiters called him back with bad news: Immigrants, even those here legally, can no longer join the Reserve force. ... Read More

MAVNI Program Halted
Posted on 27 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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.... Read More

Tags: daca , stock , mavni , Pentagon

Pentagon Eyes Enlisting DACA Recipients
Posted on 21 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Pentagon is weighing allowing some immigrants brought illegally to the country as youths to serve in the military, a unilateral step by the Obama administration as immigration legislation remains stalled in the Republican-led House. The Pentagon... Read More

Tags: daca , Pentagon

The Pentagon promised citizenship to immigrants who served. Now it might help deport them. (MAVNI)
Posted on 28 Jun 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Alex Horton, Washington Post, June 26, 2017 - "The Pentagon is considering a plan to cancel enlistment contracts for 1,000 foreign-born recruits without legal immigration status, knowingly exposing them to deportation, a Defense Department memo shows... Read More

Tags: stock , mavni , Pentagon

Pentagon Weighs MAVNI Renewal
Posted on 23 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The program, Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest, or Mavni, authorizes the military, primarily the Army, to enlist legal immigrants who have special language and medical skills. Typically, participants are sworn in as citizens after... Read More

Tags: renew , mavni , Pentagon

Expert Margaret Stock: Pentagon Incompetence Ignites MAVNI 'Dumpster Fire'
Posted on 15 Sep 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Alex Horton, Washington Post, Sept. 15, 2017 - "U.S. Army recruiters have abruptly canceled enlistment contracts for hundreds of foreign-born military recruits since last week, upending their lives and potentially exposing many to deportation, according... Read More

Tags: stock , mavni , Pentagon

Pentagon Extends, Expands MAVNI to Include DACA
Posted on 26 Sep 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A small number of young immigrants who grew up in the United States without legal status will be allowed to join the military and have a fast-track pathway to citizenship, Pentagon officials announced Thursday, the first time those young people... Read More

Tags: daca , mavni , Pentagon

Non-Citizens Make Better U.S. Soldiers
Posted on 6 Apr 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Well, there’s a kick in the teeth to all you red-blooded Americans wearing your country’s uniform: It turns out non-Americans donning U.S. military garb have more stick-to-itiveness than you, as well as having vital skills the... Read More

Expert: MAVNI Killed by 'Bureaucratic Bumbling'
Posted on 14 Sep 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Amy Bushatz,, Sept. 13, 2017 - "A military recruitment program thrust into the spotlight by President Donald Trump's recently announced immigration reform plans is a victim of bad American immigration policy, its creator said. ... Read More

Tags: stock , mavni , Pentagon

Pentagon Reopens Program Allowing Immigrants With Special Skills to Enlist; Fast Track to Citizenship
Posted on 31 Oct 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Tags: stock , mavni , enlist , Pentagon