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TX Ag Commissioner Declares War on the Border

"Lately it seems that Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples would rather have the Texas Department of Agriculture become a wing of the U.S. Department of Defense than a Texas state agency. Not long ago, Staples commissioned an $80,000 “strategic military assessment” of the Texas...

Military Basic Training Naturalizations for Army, Navy, Air Force

"In July 2002, President George W. Bush issued an Executive Order invoking Section 329 of the Immigration & Nationality Act , which allows persons in the United States military to earn their US citizenship on an expedited basis if they serve honorably in wartime. President Bush’s order...

Reopen MAVNI - help Department of Defense close critical skills gaps, save tax money - White House petition

"Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) enables US military to recruit foreign nationals with critical language and cultural skills who have been legally present in US for at least 2 years. MAVNI admitted soldiers briefly in 2009 and was a resounding success. It saved...

Lawmakers Want Defense Technology on Border

"Lawmakers gathered today to discuss how to use military technology for border security as the United States shifts its roles in Iraq and Afghanistan. Texas legislators showed particular interest in acquiring defense equipment for the state’s border with Mexico, touting their recent...

Report: Non-Citizens in the Enlisted U.S. Military

"Although in recent years non-citizens have made up only a small share of enlisted accessions (roughly 4 percent), they are a potentially valuable pool for enlisted recruiting for three reasons. First, the number of U.S. non-citizens who are eligible for enlisted military service is large. Approximately...

DREAM or NIGHTMARE? Why Congress Should Reject a Military-Only Version of the DREAM Act

"Problems with a military-only DREAM Act range from the practical to the philosophical. For example, Representative Rivera’s bill would require people to enlist within nine months; otherwise they would lose their eligibility under the bill. The bill fails to realize, however, that...

GAO on Militarizing the Southern Border

"GAO found challenges for the National Guard and for active-duty military forces in providing support to law enforcement missions. For example, under Title 32 of the United States Code, National Guard personnel are permitted to participate in law enforcement activities; however, the Secretary...

Margaret Stock Publishes “Immigration Law and the Military”

"Margaret Stock, Counsel to the [Lane Powell] Firm in the Anchorage, Alaska office, has published a new book, Immigration Law and the Military , which is available from the American Immigration Lawyers Association publications website . The book describes the laws, regulations, and policies that...

Not Quite the DREAM Act for Military DREAMers

"Unauthorized immigrants are not currently allowed to enlist in the US Armed Forces voluntarily (although they may be drafted, if there is a military draft) . People with work permits or “deferred action” are likewise currently ineligible for voluntary enlistment. The announcement...

Immigration Law & the Military

"T he post-9/11 conflicts have caused major changes in the U.S. military, and those changes have had a substantial impact on non-U.S. citizens serving in the All-Volunteer Force, as well as on the non-citizen family members of U.S. military personnel. After 9/11, as one of the few lawyers with a...

Transcript of White House Naturalization Ceremony for Servicemembers

" All of you did something profound: You chose to serve. You put on the uniform of a country that was not yet fully your own. ... We say it so often, we sometimes forget what it means -- we are a nation of immigrants. Unless you are one of the first Americans, a Native American, we are all descended...

Undocumented Youth: 'We Want to Serve'

"Pablo Reyes-Morales’ dream to serve in the United States military was stoked when he was in high school. “Since I was in ninth grade, when I saw the slogan for the Navy, and it said, “a global force for good,” I was instantly interested,” he said. But that dream shattered...

Hidden Immigration Benefits for Military Personnel

"Many people are surprised to hear that members of the U.S. military and their families have issues with the U.S. immigration system. Considering, however, that the U.S. military is deployed in more than a hundred countries around the world, that military members often meet and marry foreigners...

New Americans in Our Nation’s Military

"Immigrants and their children comprised half of the total U.S. population growth between 1990 and 2010, and one-quarter of all children under age 18 living in the United States have at least one immigrant parent. Immigrants and their children are increasingly vital resources to military recruitment...

Young Texas immigrants eligible for DACA want to serve, but can't enlist

"When Leonardo Castro says he’s willing to die for his country, he means the United States. For Castro, born in Mexico and brought into the U.S. illegally at age 2, this is the only country he knows and loves. So when the federal government approved his petition for the Deferred Action for...

USCIS Policy Memo: Parole of Spouses, Children and Parents of Active Duty Members of the U.S. Armed Forces [and more]

"Parole of Spouses, Children and Parents of Active Duty Members of the U.S. Armed Forces, the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve, and Former Members of the U.S. Armed Forces or Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve and the Effect of Parole on Inadmissibility under Immigration and Nationality...

Immigrants Closely Tied to Military Get Reprieve

"The Obama administration issued a new policy on Friday that will allow immigrants in the United States illegally who are close relatives of active military troops and veterans to stay and move toward becoming permanent residents. The long-awaited memorandum , coming after three years of deliberations...

New Immigration Hope For Military Dependents, But Enlistment Hurdles Remain

"Kathleen Welker, a spokeswoman for the Army Recruiting Command, confirmed the Army enlistment policy bars applicants who have spouses or children who are in the country illegally. The latest legal opinion from the command was formulated in 2010, according to Welker. “When an applicant...

DHS Clarifies Immigration Benefits for Family Members of Selected Reserve and Veterans

"On November 15, 2013, United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sub-agency that administers immigration benefits, announced a new national “parole in place” policy that affects the immigrant parents, spouses...

You Can Die For America, But You Can't Vote

"Kenyan native John Chombo was studying in the United States to become a nurse when he heard the U.S. Army was looking for people with health care or special language skills. He was qualified on both counts. He was studying nursing and was fluent in Swahili. In 2013 he was accepted into the Military...

New Book: Immigration Law & the Military, 2nd Edition, by Margaret D. Stock

"Immigration Law & the Military by retired Lieutenant Colonel Margaret D. Stock serves as a primer on all issues of immigration and citizenship laws and their effects on members of the U.S. military and their families. The new edition covers parole in place for family members of military personnel...

Meet the Deported Veterans: NPR

Morning Edition, NPR, Jan. 13, 2016 - "Immigrants have always made up a portion of the Armed Forces in America — joining the U.S. military has always been one of the fastest ways to get U.S. citizenship. About 8,000 troops with green cards became citizens that way last year alone. But it doesn't...