Immigrant recruits who enlisted in the U.S. Army as a way to become U.S. citizens will no longer be discharged by the Army, a new report said.
According to a memo from July, acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Marshall Williams has instructed senior Army officials to stop discharging immigrants who enlisted in the special immigrant program, the Associated Press reports.
“Effective immediately, you will suspend processing of all involuntary separation actions,” reads the memo signed by Williams.
The Associated Press reported in July that the Army was jeopardizing the immigration status of immigrant enlistees by discharging them.
Margaret Stock, an immigration attorney and former Army Reserve officer who worked on establishing the immigration recruitment program, said the Army must now go back correct the discharges.
“It’s an admission by the Army that they’ve improperly discharged hundreds of soldiers,” Stock said. “The next step should be go back and rescind the people who were improperly discharged.”
Discharged enlistees who were contacted by the Associated Press said they were not aware of any discharges being revoked. It’s uncertain if instructions from the Army are temporary and if the Army will issue discharges in the future.
By Diana Stancy Correll for WASHINGTON EXAMINER
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