Immigration Law

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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

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

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

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

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

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

Interview with Margaret Stock on DOD/USCIS Shutdown of MAVNI
Posted on 3 May 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Texas Standard, May 2, 2017 - "[T]he New York Times is reporting the process of granting citizenship to immigrant soldiers is suffering serious delays. Margaret Stock, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve, and a lawyer representing some... Read More

Stock in Trade: Ingenuity
Posted on 18 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"When Margaret Stock [Harvard Law] ’92 was young, her great-grandfather, an Army veteran of the Philippine-American War and World War I, lived at her house in Wellesley, Mass. She used to go through his military memorabilia with him—awards... Read More

Tags: stock , mavni , Harvard

MAVNI Recruits at Risk for Deportation
Posted on 12 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NPR, June 12, 2018 - "A Chinese national who joined the U.S. Army is facing deportation before he has a chance to gain citizenship through military service. His lawyer says he'll face reprisals if he is returned to China." Read More

Military Spending Bill Provides 'Temporary Reprieve' for Some MAVNIs
Posted on 13 Dec 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

WaPo, Dec. 12, 2017 - "The defense authorization bill signed Tuesday by President Trump includes a measure to shield immigrant recruits from enlistment contract cancellations — and the specter of deportation — as they wait for drawn-out... Read More

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

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