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Alaska Immigration Lawyer Margaret Stock Files Papers for U.S. Senate Run

Erica Martinson, Alaska Dispatch News, Aug. 12, 2016 - " Margaret Stock arrived at the Division of Elections in Anchorage at 10 a.m. Friday with a thick stack of papers containing, she said, twice the number of signatures required to get on the November ballot as an independent candidate for the...

Alaska Immigration Lawyer Margaret Stock Picks Up Key Endorsement in U.S. Senate Run

Becky Bohrer, Associated Press, Aug. 19, 2016 - "Jeff King, a four-time winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, is changing political teams when it comes to Alaska's U.S. Senate race, pulling his endorsement of Republican incumbent Lisa Murkowski and backing independent candidate Margaret...

Taking Stock: Alaska's Next Senator?

Anchorage Press, Oct. 13, 2016 - "When Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump entered the race in June of last year, his announcement speech included the allegation that Mexicans illegally entering the United States were criminals, drug traffickers and rapists. From there, the national political...

C-SPAN Video: Sanctuary Cities - Jessica Vaughn vs. William Stock (Dec. 14, 2016)

C-SPAN Video: Sanctuary Cities - Jessica Vaughn vs. William Stock (Dec. 14, 2016)

MAVNI Current Status (Margaret Stock, Mar. 30, 2017)

AILA Quicktake, Mar. 30, 2017 - "Author of "Immigration Law and the Military" and AILA member Margaret Stock shares details of where the MAVNI program stands."

Interview with Margaret Stock on DOD/USCIS Shutdown of MAVNI

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 people suing the government for not fulfilling...

"Paranoid" Pentagon Has "Destroyed" MAVNI Program

Alex Horton, Stars & Stripes, May 18, 2017 - "Earlier this spring, Dr. Kusuma Nio was anticipating two things in May. The trauma surgeon hoped to deploy with his Army Reserve unit to Afghanistan, where his expertise in treating catastrophic injuries would be vital to U.S. and Afghan forces roiled...

The Pentagon promised citizenship to immigrants who served. Now it might help deport them. (MAVNI)

Alex Horton, Washington Post, June 26, 2017 - "The Pentagon is considering a plan to cancel enlistment contracts for 1,000 foreign-born recruits without legal immigration status, knowingly exposing them to deportation, a Defense Department memo shows. The undated action memo, prepared for Defense...

Pentagon Blocks Army Reservists From Naturalizing Under INA Sec. 329

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 Foundation Fellow and creator of MAVNI, has this comment...

This DREAMer Is Ready to Go to the Army. Will Trump Let Him?

Michael Daly, Daily Beast, Sept. 6, 2017 - "They speak languages deemed of particular importance to national security. But as they wait for basic training, Trump canceled DACA — and possibly their dreams of serving."

Expert: MAVNI Killed by 'Bureaucratic Bumbling'

Amy Bushatz, Military.com, Sept. 13, 2017 - "A military recruitment program thrust into the spotlight by President Donald Trump's recently announced immigration reform plans is a victim of bad American immigration policy, its creator said. "DoD has killed the program through bureaucratic...

Expert Margaret Stock: Pentagon Incompetence Ignites MAVNI 'Dumpster Fire'

Alex Horton, Washington Post, Sept. 15, 2017 - "U.S. Army recruiters have abruptly canceled enlistment contracts for hundreds of foreign-born military recruits since last week, upending their lives and potentially exposing many to deportation, according to several affected recruits and a former...

Trump DOD Reverses Bush Policy Allowing Expedited Military Naturalizations, All Military Naturalization Applicants Warned to Expect Major Delays

Margaret D. Stock , the creator of MAVNI, states: “Xenophobia has been formally institutionalized at the Pentagon. Many immigrants who sign enlistment contracts will no longer be able to naturalize through military service, since they must now pass a new “security clearance” process...

Violating Federal Law, Army Bans Green Card Holders From Enlisting

Emily Singer and Ashley Edwards, Mic Network, Oct. 17, 2017 - "Army recruiters have been told to stop enlisting green card holders into the Army effective immediately, according to an email sent to military recruiters and obtained by Mic, a move that experts say breaks federal law. “EFFECTIVE...

Army Risks 'Mission Failure' by Rejecting Immigrants, Naturalized Citizens

Alex Horton, Washington Post, Oct. 18, 2017 - "The U.S. Army has stopped enlisting some immigrants who are legal permanent residents while mandating lengthy delays for others, part of a controversial effort across the military to tighten security in the ranks by subjecting foreign-born recruits...

Army Tightens Rules For Immigrants Joining As A Path To Citizenship

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."

Court Enjoins DOD's MAVNI Block: Kirwa v. U.S. Dept. of Defense

Kirwa v. U.S. Dept. of Defense, Oct. 25, 2017 - "Plaintiffs are three non-citizens serving in the United States Army’s Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve (“Selected Reserve”) who enlisted under the United States Department of Defense’s Military Accessions Vital to the...

Army Attempting to Comply with Kirwa v. Mattis Injunction

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 ."

Military Spending Bill Provides 'Temporary Reprieve' for Some MAVNIs

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 background checks to be completed, a positive development...

Pentagon Policy Prevents Fully-Vetted Green Card Holder from Enlisting in Army Reserve

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. Albdairi, 32, an Iraqi immigrant, had served in...

Experts Address Canada-U.S. Immigration Trends at ABA Meeting in Vancouver, B.C.

Lee Rawles, ABA Journal, Feb. 4, 2018 - "Panelist Margaret Stock of Cascadia Cross Border Law Group in Anchorage, Alaska , applauded the Canadians “for thinking about how to swipe our U.S.-educated workforce and put them to work for Canada. It makes perfect sense.” Stock, a retired lieutenant...

Nielsen Thumbs Nose at Mattis over Deportation of Veterans

Alex Horton, Washington Post, Apr. 4, 2018 - "Immigration and Customs Enforcement appears to have ignored a directive from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to prevent the deportation of noncitizen troops and veterans, seeking to remove a Chinese immigrant despite laws that allow veterans with honorable...

Foreign-Born Recruits, Promised Fast Track to Citizenship, Stuck in ‘Mindless Bureaucracy’

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 suspicion, many stalled wherever they were when the...

An American Dies in Uniform...Still Waiting (UPDATED)

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. citizen, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services...

Unpub. BIA Equitable Tolling Victory (Apr. 19, 2018)

Matter of X-, Apr. 19, 2018 - "We conclude upon de novo review, that equitable tolling of the reopening deadline is appropriate in this case. ... Given the evidence of record that the respondent spoke Triqui fluently and only "basic Spanish," that multiple hearings were previously rescheduled...