MacArthur Foundation Fellow (and Bender's Immigration Bulletin Editorial Board Member) Margaret D. Stock gave this speech in Anchorage on Nov. 10, 2022.
GAO, Sept. 14, 2022
"Noncitizens have a long history of serving in the military. Over 100,000 noncitizens joined the military from fiscal years 2010 through 2021. The Immigration and Nationality Act authorizes the expedited naturalization of current...
USCIS, Aug. 2, 2022
"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is publishing an update to its Policy Manual to clarify that a current or former service member who received an uncharacterized discharge may be eligible for naturalization under sections...
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...
ICE, May 23, 2022 - Consideration of U.S. Military Service When Making Discretionary Determinations with Regard to Enforcement Actions Against Noncitizens
"It is ICE policy to consider a noncitizen's U.S. military service when deciding whether...
[As Margaret Stock notes, this is due more to the Samma litigation than to executive action.]
Brandie Nix, DVIDS, Mar. 29, 2022
"For the first time since 2017, Recruit Training Command (RTC) held a naturalization ceremony March 17, in which 25...
USCIS, Sept. 18, 2020
"On Sept. 18, we updated our policy guidance concerning residency requirements under section 320 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to comply with the requirements of the recently enacted Citizenship for Children...
Samma v. DOD
"The United States has a long history of allowing noncitizens to serve in its military and providing those who serve with an expedited path to citizenship. But in recent years, despite its need for noncitizen enlistees to fill its...
Oct. 29, 2019 - House Judiciary Committee, Immigration & Citizenship Subcommittee: 2.5 hr. video
Mr. Hector Barajas-Varela Director and Founder, Deported Veterans Support House
USCIS, Aug. 28, 2019
SUBJECT: Defining “Residence” in Statutory Provisions Related to Citizenship
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to address requirements...
Franco Ordoñez, NPR, June 27, 2019
"The Trump administration wants to scale back a program that protects undocumented family members of active duty troops from being deported, according to attorneys familiar with those plans. The attorneys...
Muzaffar Chishti, Austin Rose, and Stephen Yale-Loehr, May 2019
"Noncitizens have a long history of serving in the U.S. military, and in many periods, the promise of expedited naturalization has been used to encourage them to do so. More than 760...
Washington Post, Apr. 26, 2019
"Senior Defense Department officials have recommended that acting defense secretary Patrick Shanahan approve a new request from the Department of Homeland Security to provide military lawyers, cooks and drivers to...
Miriam Jordan, New York Times, Mar. 12, 2019
"The Trump administration is preparing to shutter many of its immigration operations abroad, cutting back on a key support system for those applying overseas to relocate to the United States.
Nicholas Iovino, Courthouse News, Nov. 16, 2018 - "A federal judge on Friday blocked the Trump administration from enforcing a policy that allegedly treats non-citizens in the military as “second-class recruits” and prevents them from...