Unless you’re a legal immigrant.
In which case, Uncle Sam wants you…not nearly as much as he did before the Trump administration took office.
Legal immigrants have long been welcome in the U.S. armed forces. In fact, it’s a well-established, formal path to citizenship, and in the aftermath of 9/11, President Bush even ordered expedited citizenship for legal immigrants who chose to serve their country at such a crucial time. Today, about 10,000 legal immigrants serve in the armed forces – a miniscule proportion of the nearly two million active duty service members and current reservists.
But now the Trump administration has apparently set its sights on getting rid of legal immigrants.
These non-white LEGAL immigrants.
The Associated Press reports that dozens of immigrant recruits and reservists have been sent packing from the service – discharged, and in many cases without explanation. Those who have received explanations have been told they’re security risks, either because they have relatives abroad – how dare them! – or because the Pentagon never bothered completing background checks on them.
The Pentagon, meanwhile, says it hasn’t changed its policy about legal immigrants.
Then why are all of these people being tossed out of the service?