Defence Officials: Immigrant Recruits and Security Threats
defence officials: Defence officials shored up the vetting process, and planned to relaunch the program earlier this month, according to CTV. But there was an unexpected barrier when Homeland Security officials said they would not be able to protect new immigrant recruits from being deported when their temporary visas expired after they signed a contract to join the military, the U.S. officials said. The decade-old program has been on hold since 2016 amid concerns that immigrant recruits were not being screened well enough, and security threats were slipping through the system. They were not authorized to publicly describe internal discussions and spoke on condition of anonymity. Mattis, a combat veteran of multiple war tours, has fought with and commanded foreign nationals, and he believes their service adds to the lethality of America's fighting force, according to the officials. The program is called Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest program, or MAVNI. The plan to restart it was backed by Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, who believes that noncitizens can bring key skills, language abilities, and cultural knowledge to the military. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
Tagged under defence officials, vetting process topics.