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Rodrigues: US Army Recruits Immigrants and Criminals

10.04.2015 12:57

Chairman of advocacy group Save Our State Davi Rodrigues on Thursday said the US military now is recruiting criminals and immigrants on temporary protected status in the United States through its Immigration Recruitment Program.

In September 2014, it was announced that the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program will be expanded to encourage immigrants with certain language and medical skills to serve in the US Army in exchange for fast-tracking their US citizenship applications. 

"On the one hand, the US military says they want the best and most qualified but they are reaching into the prison system. What's off-putting about the program is they will take people on temporary protected status and with a U Visa, where someone can claim they are a victim of a crime, and stay here to testify and provide valuable information," Rodrigues said. "If you don't want to become a citizen and keep up with your legal status, serve four years in the military and you cannot be deported," he added.

Rodrigues considers a major problem is that the US military might turn into an all-immigrant army, which can turn against native-born Americans: "People don't want to compare it to the downfall of Rome, where the Roman Army was made of far too many people with no loyalty to the homeland. That problem exists in the United States already," Rodrigues said, concluding that for the United States it is important to continue acquiring people from different cultures and individuals with diverse language abilities to help out the defense of the homeland, but should recruit legal immigrants or US citizens.