U.S. Army Discharging Immigrant Recruits

Multiple news outlets are reporting that the U.S. Army is discharging immigrant recruits despite having promised them citizenship.

Some of those who have been discharged say that they were told they posed a security risk due to having relatives abroad.

Others were discharged with no explanation whatsoever.

People from other countries have served in the U.S. Army since its inception, dating back to the Revolutionary War when French and Irish soldiers supported American troops.

The soldiers who have been discharged were recruited through the MAVNI program, or Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest, which was created by President George W. Bush following the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

In 2016 alone, 5,000 immigrants enlisted in the U.S. Armed Forces via the MAVNI program, and it is estimated that there are approximately 10,000 immigrant soldiers currently serving.

At least 110,000 members of the Armed Forces have received citizenship through the MAVNI program since 9/11.

While most enter the Army, some go to other branches of the military, as well.

Enlistees are promised citizenship once an individual has received an honorable service designation, which can come as quickly as a few days in boot camp.

According to The Independent, more than 40 enlistees were expelled over recent weeks.

Multiple recruits have filed lawsuits against the Defense Department.

Iron Triangle Press will continue to follow this story.

 

 

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