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Army Expelled 500 Immigrant Recruits in 1 Year - "They Are Trying to Get Rid of People"
Posted on 12 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Martha Mendoza, Garance Burke, Associate Press, Oct. 12, 2018 - "Over the course of 12 months, the U.S. Army discharged more than 500 immigrant enlistees who were recruited across the globe for their language or medical skills and promised a fast... Read More

Tags: stock , mavni , Army

How Does the Army Spell MAVNI? SNAFU
Posted on 22 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

From the Washington Post - The Army kicked out dozens of immigrant recruits. Now it’s allowing them back amid a legal battle. From the New York Times - Red Flags for Immigrant Recruits: Calling Parents, Not Laughing at Jokes Read More

Tags: mavni , Army

For Now, Army Suspends Discharges of Immigrant Recruits (MAVNI)
Posted on 9 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

MARTHA MENDOZA and GARANCE BURKE, Associated Press, Aug. 9, 2018 - "The U.S. Army has stopped discharging immigrant recruits who enlisted seeking a path to citizenship — at least temporarily. A memo shared with The Associated Press spells out... Read More

Tags: stock , mavni , memo , Army

Decorated Soldier Booted From Army, Sues for Citizenship
Posted on 23 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU SoCal, July 18, 2018 - "Yea Ji Sea, 29, who has lived in the U.S. since she was a child, was so highly respected by her supervisors in the U.S. Army that one of them wrote she "volunteers for deployments willing to die for a country she... Read More

Pentagon Attacks Immigrant Recruits - 'There’s No Explanation For This Except Xenophobia'
Posted on 8 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Army soldiers - who just happen to be immigrants - are being kicked out of the service without being told why, in violation of Army regulations and the U.S. Constitution. The Associated Press broke the story here . The New York Times followed up here... Read More

Decorated Soldier Booted From Army, Sues for Citizenship
Posted on 23 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU SoCal, July 18, 2018 - "Yea Ji Sea, 29, who has lived in the U.S. since she was a child, was so highly respected by her supervisors in the U.S. Army that one of them wrote she "volunteers for deployments willing to die for a country she... Read More

Army Admits Discharge of MAVNI Soldier Illegal
Posted on 17 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Alex Horton, Washington Post, July 17, 2018 - "The Army has reversed its widely covered decision to discharge a citizenship-seeking immigrant soldier, in what his lawyer called an acknowledgment that the move was “improper.” Lucas Calixto... Read More

An American Dies in Uniform...Still Waiting (UPDATED)
Posted on 20 Apr 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tara Copp, Military Times, Apr. 20, 2018 - "Spc. Nemanja “Yani” Janicijevic, 25, an immigrant soldier who died last week while waiting 11 months for the military to clear him for duty , had been naturalized months before and was a U.S... Read More

Army Tightens Rules For Immigrants Joining As A Path To Citizenship
Posted on 22 Oct 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NPR, Oct. 22, 2017 - "NPR's Melissa Block talks with Margaret Stock , a retired U.S. Army officer, who created a program to recruit skilled immigrants. She says the new rules will bring down enlistment." Read More

Tags: stock , mavni , Army

Army Attempting to Comply with Kirwa v. Mattis Injunction
Posted on 30 Oct 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Oct. 30, 2017 - Margaret D. Stock writes: "The Army is now attempting to comply with the Court-ordered injunction in Kirwa v. Mattis. See attached . MAVNI Reservists may want to take action immediately based on the attached memo ." 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

Foreign-Born Recruits, Promised Fast Track to Citizenship, Stuck in ‘Mindless Bureaucracy’
Posted on 11 Apr 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Dianna Cahn, Stars and Stripes, Apr. 9, 2018 - "Their brains, specialized talents and home country made them sought-after assets for the U.S. military. Now these ambitious, well-educated Army recruits are finding themselves sidelined and under... Read More

Tags: stock , mavni , Army

Pentagon Blocks Army Reservists From Naturalizing Under INA Sec. 329
Posted on 24 Aug 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DoD Memo, Aug. 17, 2017 - "Effectively immediately, I withhold authority to certify the honorable service (N-426) of Soldiers who have not yet attended Initial Entry Training (IET)." Margaret Stock , BIB Editorial Board Member, MacArthur... Read More

MAVNI Security Clearance Victory in Seattle - Tiwari v. Mattis
Posted on 12 Apr 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tiwari v. Mattis, Apr. 11, 2018 - "THIS MATTER comes before the Court on Plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary injunction, docket no. 78 (the “Motion”). The Motion presents the following question: Should the Department of Defense ... Read More

Army Sgt. from Nepal (Naturalized via MAVNI) Named 'Soldier of the Year'
Posted on 9 Dec 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

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... Read More