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DoD: New Policy Will Allow Illegal US Immigrants Join Military

DoD: New Policy Will Allow Illegal US Immigrants Join Military

Existing MAVNI program will open to immigrants without a proper visa if they came to the US with their parents before age 16, according to report.

A new policy from the Department of Defense will see an undisclosed, yet small number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. have the opportunity to join the military.

According to Military Times:

The new rules will expand an existing program allowing recruiters to target foreign nationals with high-demand skills, mostly rare foreign language expertise or specialized health care training.

For the first time, the program — known as Military Accessions Vital to National Interest, or MAVNI — will be open to immigrants without a proper visa if they came to the U.S. with their parents before age 16. More specifically, they must be approved under a 2012 Obama administration policy known as Deferred Action for Child Arrivals, or DACA.

The new DoD policy may be the first phase of a broader governmentwide effort to ease pressure on immigrants and create new paths to citizenship. President Obama, frustrated with the failure of Congress to pass any substantial immigration reform, has vowed to aggressively use his presidential authority to change the way immigration policies are carried out.

For more information on the new policy, please visit MilitaryTimes.com.

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