Did You Know Immigrants Can Obtain Citizenship In Exchange For Military Service?

A report from Keep and Bear on April 12. 2017 questioned if it was a fair trade if immigrants could obtain U.S. citizenship in exchange for their military service. Author Keely Sharp said upfront: “Absolutely Fair”!

What most people do not know is that this practice was created by President George Bush in 2002 with Executive Order (EO) 13269 entitled, “Expedited Naturalization of Aliens and Noncitizen Nationals Serving in an Active-Duty Status During the War on Terrorism”.

The EO included:

Those persons serving honorably in active-duty status in the Armed Forces of the United States, during the period beginning on September 11, 2001, and terminating on the date to be so designated, are eligible for naturalization in accordance with the statutory exception to the naturalization requirements, as provided in section 329 of the Act.

It also signified that the EO would be terminated “on a date designated by future Executive Order.”

Defense Department official Lt. Col. Myles Caggins said in an email sent to Fox News, the

Law ensures that the sacrifice of noncitizens during a time of national need is met with an opportunity for early citizenship, to recognize their contribution and sacrifice.

Concerning naturalization, the decision to become a U.S. citizen is a voluntary individual decision and each service provides assistance to service members seeking citizenship.

President Trump’s position on this issue came about on Sept. 7, 2016 when a female veteran asked him about the idea that an illegal immigrant who wants to serve in our armed forces might be allowed to remain here legally. Trump replied,

I think when you serve in the armed forces, that’s a very special situation and I could see myself working that out, absolutely,”

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. Their document entitled “Naturalization Through Military Service: Fact Sheetprovides all of the necessary information to

Expedite the application and naturalization process for current members of the U.S. armed forces and recently discharged service members.

From 2001 through 2015, 109,321 service members have been naturalized through this process in ceremonies being held in 34 countries.

The bottom line here could be this: if you are here illegally, and you desire to become a U.S. citizen, then this is the fastest method to do so. And we all benefit from that decision!

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Chuck Yarling has had many titles in his career thus far: veteran, engineer, math teacher, consultant, technical writer, book author and publisher, and triathlete. He was a member the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Bugles Across America, which plays Taps at military funerals and special events. Spec. 5 Chuck Yarling served with the 26th Combat Engineering Battalion in Vietnam as an awards clerk. His service with the U.S. Army resulted in being awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Army Commendation Medal. You may reach Chuck at [email protected]