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NGAUS Legislative Alert #15-19; 29 October 2015

The Issue: Possibility of permanent residence status through military service

Immediate Action Required: Contact your representatives immediately and ask them to support H.R. 3698, the Military Enlistment Opportunity Act of 2015, a bill sponsored by Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo.

More Information: NGAUS strongly supports H.R. 3698, the Military Enlistment Opportunity Act of 2015, legislation that would extend eligibility for military service from citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR) to include individuals who meet all other requirements for enlistment, do not have any record of unlawful activities since their arrival in the United States, and have received background checks and work authorization from the Department of Homeland Security.

Keeping recruiting numbers at high levels within the National Guard is more challenging in some states than others. Allowing the children of immigrants to earn citizenship through military service serves a dual purpose: it provides a new group of willing, capable and skilled applicants to serve in the military and at the same time creates an opportunity for individuals who have conditional immigration status the opportunity to become U.S. citizens through military service.

NGAUS Point of Contact:
Grace Washbourne
NGAUS Legislative Program Manager

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