Thursday, September 25, 2014

I Don't have A Problem With This*

From USA Today:
A small number of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. will have an opportunity to join the military for the first time in decades under a new Department of Defense policy unveiled Thursday.
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 in the 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 Pentagon program is capped at 1,500 recruits per year. Officials say it's unclear how many of those might be unlawful DACA status immigrants as opposed to others who are also eligible for military service under MAVNI, including those with legal, nonpermanent visas such as students or tourists....
But Pentagon officials don't know how many of those immigrants have actually learned their ancestral language to the proficiency required by the military.
"We're just not sure how many within that existing population of DACA would have the linguistic skills to qualify," said one defense official familiar with the policy change. "These are kids who entered the country at a fairly young age and have basically grown up in the United States, so the limit of their language talents would probably be the language that they received at home."
The military may get fewer than 100 illegals for the job and none would be those who speak Spanish or other common language.  they will be under the control of the military, who don't put up with crap, unless they ordered to by politicians and these jobs are desperately needed.
* The only caveat I would have is that the individuals who are picked need to be seeking citizenship by the time they are picked and they need to renounce their citizenship to their former home country when they get U.S. citizenship.

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