In a previous blog, I discussed changes to the vetting requirements for service members in the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program. Those changes essentially require service members to pass screening requirements that are similar to those for top secret security clearance.
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How Would Trump’s Immigration Priorities Affect Immigrant Communities?
Back in September, Democratic Leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi believed that President Trump was onboard with extending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Just a few weeks later, though, Trump released a list of immigration priorities including full funding for a border wall and a shift to merit-based immigration. In a letter to Congress, the Administration stated that those priorities must be included in any bill that addresses the DACA program.
U.S. Citizenship Applications Surge in Response to Toughening Immigration Policies
There were more applications for U.S. naturalization filed in 2016 than in any other year of the past decade, but 2017 is on pace to surpass last year’s application count. Without question, the Trump Administration’s rigorous crackdowns on both legal and illegal immigration are contributing to this surge.
Immigrants Worried Trump May End “Temporary Protected Status” Program
Immigrants from Haiti and Central America are worried that the Trump Administration will end the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program that has allowed them to live and work in the United States. Many of these immigrants have resided in the U.S. for 20 years.
DoD Modifies Criteria for Expedited Naturalization of U.S. Service Members
The process of becoming a U.S. citizen is time consuming and riddled with legal hurdles. Most immigrants who wish to become a naturalized citizen must reside in the United States for at least five years, but there are several exceptions to this requirement, one of which applies to service members in the U.S. armed forces.
Green Card Holders Face New Hurdle to Enlist in U.S. Coast Guard
Effective Oct. 13, all lawful permanent residents who apply for enlistment in the U.S. Coast Guard will have to pass a Military Service Suitability Determination (MSSD) and National Security Determination (NSD). According to a memorandum issued by the Department of Defense, the DoD Consolidated Adjudications Facility (CAF) will administer the MSSD and NSD after the applicant’s background investigation has completed.