Each year, roughly 8,000 immigrants join the U.S. military, bringing linguistic skills and cultural diversity that enrich each branch of the Armed Forces. Nearly 65,000 service members have become naturalized U.S. citizens since September 2001, but there are still limits that prevent young immigrants who want to serve from doing so. In addition, there are a growing number of veterans of the U.S. military who served honorably but have still found themselves deported due to our broken immigration laws.
In the case of young people with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) who want to serve their country but are prevented by their status, proposed measures could help chip away at these barriers, but so far, leaders in the House of Representatives have blocked attempts at reform.
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