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Social media erupted in outrage Friday after an Associated Press report suggested the Trump administration is purging immigrants who enlisted in the military with a promised path to citizenship. That’s not the case — though a real problem remains.

This much is true: Immigrant advocates told the AP they’ve seen a surge of Army reservists who’ve been abruptly discharged from the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest program.

But the lawyers who brought the story to the AP can only point to about 40 — out of around 10,000 now in the program.

The article goes on to state the following:

Building on an effort that began under President George W. Bush, MAVNI since 2009 has recruited immigrant soldiers — noncitizens who are here legally — with special background and language skills.

But because these are immigrants, many from Middle Eastern countries, extensive background vetting is necessary before they’re allowed to serve.

As veteran military commentator John Noonan notes, it’s elementary: “If you’re not a citizen and you want to serve, we have to check your background. Aggressively.”


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