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Colombia drops disputed 'military exclusion' plan

BOGOTA Colombia (AP) - Colombia's government is dropping a proposed judicial change that would have let military judges decide whether soldiers should be tried for alleged rights abuses. Human rights groups have opposed the measure. Justice Minister Carlos Esguerra said Full version (available...

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...

Rights group accuses Egypt's military of torture

CAIRO (AP) - An international rights group on Saturday accused the Egyptian armed forces of beating and torturing protesters arrested during antimilitary demonstrations early this month, and said that by permitting such actions the military "enables further Full version (available to lexis...

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...

Rights groups hail Mexican court decision

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Human rights groups were jubilant Friday after Mexico's Supreme Court moved to turn military human rights violations over to civilian courts, a blow to a military justice system accused of covering up cases of soldiers abusing, torturing and executing Full version (available...

Marshall on Leadership – A Guide for the Compliance Practitioner

General George Marshall was not only one of the greatest generals that this country has ever produced but he served as US Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense and was the architect of the European recovery plan which bears his name, the Marshall Plan. Nominated by President Franklin Roosevelt to...

US judge: Somali colonel responsible for torture

COLUMBUS Ohio (AP) - A former military colonel with a Somali security force dubbed the "Gestapo of Somalia" by its critics was responsible for the torture of a human rights advocate in the 1980s, a federal judge ruled Tuesday in a decision that opens the door for a hearing on Full version...

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...

William A. Ruskin: Military's Embrace Of Clean Energy Reduces Combat Casualties

By William A. Ruskin | The Army’s development of clean domestic energy resources strengthens national security and plays an important role in helping it to achieve its primary mission. As the world's largest consumer of energy, the military's recognition of the importance of reducing...

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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...

State Net Capitol Journal – August 17, 2015; States Back Tax Breaks for Military Vets

Budget & Taxes States Back Tax Breaks for Military Vets Despite facing a budget shortfall this year, Maryland doubled its income tax exemption for military retirement pay to $10,000. And a budget hole forced Connecticut to raise taxes on its most prosperous corporations, but it still managed...

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...

USCIS Policy Memo: Discretionary Options for Designated Spouses, Parents, and Sons and Daughters of Certain Military Personnel, Veterans, and Enlistees (Nov. 23, 2016)

USCIS, Nov. 23, 2016 - "This policy memorandum (PM) clarifies and supplements guidance issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in 2013 (“the 2013 PM”)1 with respect to designated family members of certain military personnel and veterans. Specifically, this PM provides...