Friday, January 27th, 2017

Not Quite the DREAM Act for Military DREAMers


"Unauthorized immigrants are not currently allowed to enlist in the US Armed Forces voluntarily (although they may be drafted, if there is a military draft).  People with work permits or “deferred action” are likewise currently ineligible for voluntary enlistment.  The announcement by DHS does not change the military enlistment law found at 10 United States Code § 504.  This law limits military enlistments to US citizens; US nationals; lawful permanent residents; certain lawfully present persons from Palau, Micronesia, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands; and certain other persons whose enlistment has been determined by a Service Secretary to be “vital to the national interest.”  No Service Secretary has