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Immigrants in US Military Denied Citizenship More Often Than Civilians

Immigrants in US Military Denied Citizenship More Often Than Civilians
New American citizens say the Pledge of Allegiance after taking the oath of citizenship. (Colleen McGrath/The Herald-Mail via AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 15 May 2019 04:17 PM

More foreign-born citizens are being granted U.S. citizenship than immigrants serving in the U.S. military, according to new data.

McClatchy DC reported on recently released figures from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which indicate foreigners are having an easier time becoming U.S. citizens than foreign-born members of the U.S. military.

"The U.S. has had a long-standing tradition of immigrants come to the U.S. and have military service provide a path to citizenship," retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton told McClatchy. "To have this turnaround, where they are actually taking a back seat to the civilian population, strikes me as a bizarre turn of events."

According to the figures, USCIS denied 16.6% of applications for citizenship from military members from October-December 2018. Just 11.2% of foreign-born, non-military members saw their citizenship applications denied.

There were also decreases in overall citizenship applications, with the number dropping among military members (-79%) and civilians (-34%) during the first quarter of the current fiscal year.

"The fall in military naturalization applications is likely attributable in significant part to the Department of Defense's decision not to renew the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest [MAVNI] program after its expiration at the end of FY17," USCIS said, McClatchy reported.

The Trump administration has taken several steps to curb illegal immigration as it lobbies Congress to make changes to the nation's immigration system.

President Donald Trump is scheduled to lay out a new immigration plan in a Thursday speech at the White House.

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More foreign-born citizens are being granted U.S. citizenship than immigrants serving in the U.S. military, according to new data.
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