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The Military’s Strategic and Recruitment Goals Fail When Immigrants Can’t Serve

The Military’s Strategic and Recruitment Goals Fail When Immigrants Can’t Serve

The United States Armed Forces has long valued the contributions of immigrants—from the War of 1812 to the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, U.S.-born and immigrant soldiers have fought alongside one another with no concern for nationality or immigration status. Yet, within the first several months of the Trump presidency, the administration has created […]

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Immigrant Service Members to be Naturalized and Remembered on Veterans Day

Written by on November 11, 2016 in Demographics, Integration with 0 Comments
Immigrant Service Members to be Naturalized and Remembered on Veterans Day

This year on Veterans Day, over 40 naturalization ceremonies will take place and 7,500 veterans, service members, and military spouses will become the newest Americans. While that may seems like a large number of people, it should come as no surprise as immigrant participation in the U.S. armed services is nothing new. In fact, immigrants […]

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Humayun Khan and America’s Debt to Foreign-Born Service Members

Written by on August 1, 2016 in Elections with 0 Comments
Humayun Khan and America’s Debt to Foreign-Born Service Members

Khizr and Ghazala Khan appeared at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last week to honor their son Capt. Humayun Khan, who was killed in Iraq in 2004 while serving in the U.S. Army. The controversy that followed could not have been predicted with the Republican candidate attacking the Khan’s who have continued to forcefully […]

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Recognizing the Vital Contributions Foreign Born Veterans Make to the U.S. Military

Written by on November 11, 2015 in Integration with 0 Comments
Recognizing the Vital Contributions Foreign Born Veterans Make to the U.S. Military

Immigrants bring tremendous skills, talents, and energy to our country – including to our military forces. It’s important to recognize the essential impact immigrant veterans, standing shoulder to shoulder with native-born soldiers, have made and will continue to make within the ranks of the U.S. military. Here’s how the U.S. military is strengthened by diversity in its […]

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How Immigrants Contribute to the U.S. Military

Written by on November 11, 2014 in Uncategorized with 4 Comments
How Immigrants Contribute to the U.S. Military

Just as immigrants have roots in communities across the country, they are also found throughout the ranks of the U.S. military, fighting on the front lines and shaping policy in the Pentagon. The importance of the myriad roles that immigrants play in the armed forces has only increased since 9/11. In recognition of their service, […]

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Plan That Allows DREAMers to Serve in Military Limited

Written by on October 1, 2014 in DACA/DAPA with 0 Comments
Plan That Allows DREAMers to Serve in Military Limited

Only a small number of undocumented immigrants could serve in the military after the Obama administration last week announced that young immigrants who qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) can apply through the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI) program. The military has used MAVNI since 2008 to recruit immigrants on non-citizen […]

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Deploying National Guard to Border Hurt Texas Economy

Written by on September 15, 2014 in Economics, Enforcement with 3 Comments
Deploying National Guard to Border Hurt Texas Economy

The thousands of Central American children and families fleeing violence and arriving at the southern U.S. border became national front-page news over the summer. Congress responded by saying a lot but doing nothing, while many states and cities welcomed them into their communities and provided humanitarian support. Texas Gov. Rick Perry took a different approach […]

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Honoring the Foreign-Born Service Members of Yesterday and Today on Memorial Day

Written by on May 23, 2014 in Integration, Legislation with 0 Comments
Honoring the Foreign-Born Service Members of Yesterday and Today on Memorial Day

Each year, roughly 8,000 immigrants join the U.S. military, bringing linguistic skills and cultural diversity that enrich each branch of the Armed Forces. Nearly 65,000 service members have become naturalized U.S. citizens since September 2001, but there are still limits that prevent young immigrants who want to serve from doing so. In addition, there are […]

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Capture of ‘El Chapo’ Demonstrates Effective Border Enforcement

Written by on February 27, 2014 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
Capture of ‘El Chapo’ Demonstrates Effective Border Enforcement

The recent capture in Mazatlan of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, leader of the infamous Sinaloa cartel, is an example of targeted border enforcement that actually enhances border security. Although El Chapo was captured by Mexican marines, the information that led them to his doorstep came in no small measure from intelligence provided by U.S. law […]

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USCIS to Offer Stay of Deportation to Certain Military Family Members

Written by on November 15, 2013 in Family-Based Immigration with 2 Comments
USCIS to Offer Stay of Deportation to Certain Military Family Members

Today, USCIS issued guidance that is intended to prevent current and former members of the U.S. armed forces from being separated from their noncitizen family members.  The memo indicates that the noncitizen family members may be afforded “parole in place.”  “Parole in place” is a discretionary tool that allows a noncitizen who is in the […]

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