One thousand legal aliens who came to the United States to serve in the military under the MAVNI program are currently at risk of deportation, according to a recent Department of Defense memo signed on May 19. The U.S. Army Recruiting Command confirmed this at a virtual town hall yesterday.
Started in 2009, the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest program is extended to immigrants with needed medical and linguistic skills. Those who participate are fast-tracked toward citizenship by performing 3 years of active service or 6 years of selective service.
The memo says that there are potential security threats inside the MAVNI program, requiring additional vetting or changing access to classified information. While the recruits wait, their visas are expiring, putting them at risk of deportation.
The story came to Mike Opelka’s attention when a fellow alumnus from Trinity University disclosed his predicament, which Mike shared on today’s “Pure Opelka.” Mike felt that if someone is “willing to die for this country,” they should have an “easy pass” to citizenship.