New government immigration policies affect the Pentagon
The recruitment of foreign specialists in the largest military body in the U.S. presents severe obstacles thanks to the new migration policies of the Trump administration.
Sometimes it is difficult to determine if all government departments are in full agreement with the anti-immigrant measures of the Trump administration, especially when it comes to programs that allow the reinforcement of national security.
Although President Donald Trump has insisted on stigmatizing all immigrants - Muslims, Latinos, etc. - as criminals and threats to the nation, paradoxically, the Army and the Department of Defense, in general, need the experience of many foreigners when it comes to being more successful in their strategies to protect the country.
During June, dozens of immigrant men and women faced the sudden suspension of their contracts and received forced discharges of their duties as part of the government's effort to suspend the program known as MAVNI (Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest), created by the administration of George W. Bush in its "fight against terror" campaign after the events of September 11.
The Trump administration suspended the program on grounds of national security, asserting that the affected soldiers could have relatives abroad who could compromise their mission and that the Department of Defense had not completed background checks.
Several of the individuals who were affected filed lawsuits against the state because the delayed background check left them in an immigration and professional limbo.
The Pentagon, aware of the need for these recruits and their expertise, tried to reinstate the program during recent months but encountered more and more obvious obstacles from the government.
According to the Associated Press, officials from the Department of Homeland Security have reported that "they would not be able to protect new immigrant recruits from being deported when their temporary visas expired after they signed a contract to join the military."
Despite the efforts of Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, a combat veteran on several war missions, the government's insistence on deporting immigrants makes it almost impossible for the Pentagon to recruit individuals with the necessary skills in the agency.