5 Reasons Why We Need Immigrants in The Military
There was little attention paid at first when the Pentagon began discharging immigrants from the Army. The Associated Press ran a story in July 2018 revealing the practice. Now the Army has changed course and reinstated some.
Here are just a few of the benefits the U.S. gains from our non-citizens willing to take the risk of service even when it means they may have to put their lives on the line:
- Non-citizens who join the U.S. military add many needed skills. As our global presence has shifted it has created a need for people who speak certain languages, including Pashto, Farsi, Urdu, Arabic, Chinese
- Our military is having a hard time filling its manpower needs. The Army in general has netted no new recruits in 2018 despite a goal of 8,000. Historically, about 8,000 non-citizens join per year.
- They are far more likely to complete their enlistment obligations successfully. Non-citizens who have served for at least 36 months are 9 to 20 percent less likely to leave the service than white citizens. Long term service means our soldiers have more experience.
- They contribute significantly to our economy, buying homes and other goods. Many go on to start businesses and create new jobs.
- They add greater racial, ethnic, linguistic, and cultural diversity than citizen recruits. While some may see that as a negative the U.S. military does not, as explained on its website.
The irony of the Trump Administration’s unlimited goal to deport non-citizens is harming our military readiness. There is plenty of evidence that non-citizens boost the U.S. economy in many ways, and now we must acknowledge we need them in our military. If you or a loved one is in need of immigration legal assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact our experienced California immigration attorneys at 510-488-1020 to see how we can help!