Non-Citizens Eager to Serve in U.S. Military Blocked by Government Bureaucracy

Non-Citizens Eager to Serve in U.S. Military Blocked by Government Bureaucracy

"This Veterans Day, we celebrate those who have proudly served in the U.S. military, including immigrants.  Immigrants have long served in all branches of the U.S. military as infantry soldiers, medics, foreign-language translators, and in every other job open to them. At last count, foreign-born service members made up about 8% of the 1.4 million military personnel on active duty. However, some highly qualified non-citizens have been blocked from serving due to the Obama Administration’s suspension of a recruiting program called the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI). Frustrated by the government bureaucracy responsible for halting MAVNI, those non-citizen volunteers are petitioning the government in hopes of reopening the program." Margaret Stock, Nov. 11, 2011.