Donald Trump ran his campaign largely on a platform of national defense.
The President claimed almost daily that the nation was at risk from unsecured borders allowing illegal immigrants and potentially terrorists to enter the country with ease.
He also called for a stronger military to protect US interests both at home and abroad.
The growth of the military can be seen in Trump’s proposed budget plan he sent to Congress.
The Independent Journal Review reported that Trump has also announced a plan to help immigrants as well as the military in one fell swoop.
He first hinted at his plan prior to the election when he said he planned to “streamline” the immigration process for those willing to serve in the US military.
Fox News is now reporting that President Trump supports the continuation of a policy “that allows members of the military and their families a pathway to citizenship for their service.”
A similar plan was first implemented under President George W. Bush.
“Today’s service members are eligible for expedited citizenship under a July 2002 executive order and the military services have worked closely with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to streamline citizenship processing for service members,” said Defense Department spokesman Lt. Col. Myles Caggins.
“Law ensures that the sacrifice of non-citizens during a time of national need is met with an opportunity for early citizenship, to recognize their contribution and sacrifice,” he added.
Caggins said that since 2010, the process has led to approximately “5,000 legal permanent residents annually.”
Since the program’s inception, more than 109,000 veterans have become US citizens.
“Concerning naturalization,” Caggins said, “the decision to become a US citizen is a voluntary individual decision and each service provides assistance to service members seeking citizenship.”
The current policy does require “some form of immigration documentation – whether a visa, green card, or otherwise – before accepting a recruit.”
It remains to be seen if a similar pathway to citizenship may at some point be proposed and implemented for illegal immigrants as well.
Source: Independent Journal Review