In 2008, the George W. Bush administration initiated a program designed to recruit immigrants into the United States armed forces to fill skill and language gaps throughout the military. The Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MANVI) program offered expedited naturalization to immigrants who enlisted in the United States military. The program was only offered to immigrants or foreigners who were legally in the country. At least 10,000 military recruits have been through MANVI.
Now, the Trump administration appears to be dismantling the program, going so far as to unexpectedly discharge service members and reservists without explanation. A recent AP story details how many enlisted immigrants who were promised a path to U.S. citizenship now face an uncertain future. Explanations for why the service members were being discharged are being told they are security risks. Several of them have filed lawsuit in an attempt to undo the discharge orders.
It is likely that more information about the Trump administration’s decision to discharge these immigrant recruits will come to light in future reporting.
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