Pentagon’s Critical Immigrant Recruit Program Stalled

Several U.S Officials are reporting that the stricter immigration policies that the Trump administration has put in place are affecting the Pentagon’s ability to restart an immigration program where immigrants can gain U.S citizenship by providing services to the U.S despite taking several years to revamp their vetting process.

The program called Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest program, or MAVNI which allows immigrants with critical medical skills or Asian and African language skills to join the military and eventually become American citizens was supposed to relaunch earlier this month, however, the Pentagon is hesitant to restart the program because it says it can not protect immigrants in the program from the potential of deportation.

According to a source with Homeland Security, under the administration’s rules, the department will not be able to protect immigrants who have entered the program once their temporary visa has expired despite the fact that they have already signed the military contract. The source also reported that a 2019 law will also limit the military’s ability to recruit MAVNI immigrants down to 1,000 recruits a year which is difficult because they need recruits from all over especially those able to speak Korean, Chinese Mandarin, Nepalese, Hindi, Swahili, Tagalog, French, Yoruba, Russian and Portuguese Brazilian languages.

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