A number of legal immigrants are reportedly being discharged from the US Army, they put their jobs in danger.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich called the Trump administration on Thursday, after a report that a number of legal immigrants looking to pursue a path to citizenship through service in the u.s. Army are abruptly dismissed.
Kasich called it “yet another layer” for the White House and said that the “decision should be reversed.”
“The breaking of faith with these members of our Armed forces as this White House has decided to do is yet another layer. This decision should be reversed now, for the sake of our army, to show that America keeps its word and to uphold the values we claim we stand for,” Kasich said in a statement posted on Twitter.
The Associated Press reported Thursday that immigrants who enlisted in the army through a special program that offers a chance at citizenship were restarted without a reason, considered as a security threat, or have not yet completed the background check.
Although the exact number is unclear, immigration lawyers told the AP that they know of at least 40 instances of immigrants, to be discharged or their status will be changed.
My statement about the administration’s decision to discharge a legal immigrant military recruits. pic.twitter.com/kf9iCpJ8g7
— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) July 6, 2018
The program is limited to legal immigrants, with a visa that allows them to lawfully stay in the U.S. More than 5,000 were recruited in the program in 2016, while approximately 10,000 are currently employed, according to the AP.
The spokespersons of the Pentagon and the Army tightened in anticipation of the lawsuit when asked by the AP to have more details with respect to the discharges or to address whether there is a change in policy.
Service members can achieve citizenship by protecting the honorable service designation, which may occur within a few days after attending boot camp. But the discharges have led to immigrants that their basic training is delayed and thus threatening their naturalization.
“Immigrants have served in the Army since 1775,” Margaret Stock, an immigration lawyer and retired army Reserve lieutenant colonel, who has helped in the creation of the immigrant recruitment program, told the AP. “We would not have won the revolution without immigrants. And we are not going to win the global war on terrorism today without immigrants.”
Stock said an overwhelming number of recruits have reached her in the last few days after the dismissal.
The immigrants were dismissed from a program focused on the recruitment of medical specialists and speakers from different countries around the world.
In 2002, President George W. Bush ordered “expedited naturalization” for foreign-born soldiers, and seven years later the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest program, or MAVNI, was an official recruitment program, according to the AP.
The program was examined by the Republicans, after President Barack Obama allowed AS recipients to call, and it was then suspended under the Trump Administration.
Republican Congressman Andy Harris of Maryland told the AP that the program was never authorized by Congress, but established by executive order.
Something more than 100,000 soldiers have earned citizenship through their service since Sept. 11, 2001, according to the Ministry of Defence. Immigrant people in general are more cost-effective, while performing better than their colleagues in a wide range of areas, including conduct, education, and promotions, according to a recently released study by the RAND Corporation, a non-profit research institution.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Benjamin Brown is a reporter from Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bdbrown473.