Army discharging some immigrant recruits

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He had enlisted in 2016, with hopes of becoming a legal USA citizen through a program called Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest, or MAVNI.

Kasich called it "yet another low" for the White House and said the "decision must be reversed now".

"Breaking faith with these members of our Armed Forces as this White House has chose to is yet another low", Kasich said, adding: "This decision must be reversed now, for the sake of our military, to show that America keeps its word and to uphold the very values we claim to stand for".

As the Associated Press reported July 5, the U.S. Army has been discharging soldiers who are not U.S. citizens. Some who sought explanations were reportedly told that they were labeled as security risks simply because they have relatives overseas or because the Defense Department had not completed background checks on them. Government spokespeople said they were unable to explain the discharges due to ongoing litigation. Once enlisted, the service members receive an honorable service designation normally just a few days after boot camp begins. But the recently discharged service members have had their basic training delayed, so they can't be naturalized.

"America has the most powerful military in the world and since our nation's founding we have welcomed immigrants into its ranks", Kasich wrote in a statement published online on Thursday. "And we're not going to win the global war on terrorism today without immigrants".

"What exactly is happening, who is getting deported", he said.

However, immigration attorneys say that the discharge the immigrant recruits are getting are "uncharacterized" rather than honorable or dishonorable, leaving them vulnerable.

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MAVNI was scrutinized when President Obama allowed DACA recipients - individuals brought to the country illegally as children - to be eligible for enlistment.

Congressman Andy Harris, R-Maryland, told the AP he wants to limit MAVNI and "prioritize enlisting American citizens".

Just over 100,000 military personnel have earned citizenship through their service since September 11, 2001, according to the Defense Department.

The Pentagon announced last October that in order to apply for citizenship, immigrant recruits were required to have gone through basic training and served honorably for either 180 days or a year, depending on their Army classification.

Benjamin Brown is a reporter for Fox News.

"The Bush Administration set up the MAVNI program specifically to provide more people who spoke foreign languages for Special Operations command", Stock said.

Immigrants must have legal status to enroll in the military, but now some fear that in addition to losing their military career they could lose their immigration status. In 2012, then-Sgt. Saral K. Shrestha, originally from Nepal, was named U.S. Army Soldier of the Year. The Pentagon and the Army aren't giving an explanation to the public, either. The next month, her attorney said she found the reservist's name listed as "unsuitable" on a spreadsheet created by the Defense Department. "I'm a good scientist no matter what". "I got into debt when I joined the Army because I can't work legally but, financially, I can't survive anymore. But I don't know who to turn to". Some have been successful, including almost 50 recruits who were granted a type of temporary status while their background investigations are being completed.

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