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Serving in the US military is not a ticket to US citizenship. It does not circumvent the normal process. Is that policy correct?

“The federal government cannot petition on behalf of an illegal immigrant so that they can obtain legal status and be able to enlist in the military. In order for an immigrant to join the United States military, they must first go through the immigration process of the USCIS (previously known as the INS) and then and ...
Immigrants in the Military - US Immigration”

www.usimmigrationsupport.org/military.html

However, what about legal immigrants who serve in the US military and who have illegal parents, spouses, and children living in America? Can they serve in the US military?

It may depend upon the branch of service. Of course that would not be right as the rules should be uniform, should they not?

At present, the Navy and Marines may consider accepting recruits with illegal family members. That seems like a good idea.

Immigration reformers need to rethink how the nation treats illegal immigrants. If they want to enlist in the US military, and if they complete their enlistment honorably, why should they not be rewarded with US citizenship if they comply with the other related requirements.

http://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/teachers/educational-products/uscis-naturalization-interview-and-test-video

“Pentagon May Allow Recruits With Undocumented Relatives To Enlist

Published December 13, 2013Fox News Latino

The Marine Corps and Navy may begin allowing applicants who have undocumented spouses and children to enlist, according to Military.com

The possibility hinges on a review by the Pentagon of policies, followed by the Marine Corps and the Navy, that block applicants from serving because of a spouse or children who are not in the country legally.

The decision to review, Military.com said, followed a Nov. 21 letter by a bipartisan group of 33 congressional members expressing concerns about policies that shut out certain U.S. citizens from military service.

Also last month, the Obama administration said it was going to suspend deportation for children, spouses and parents of U.S. military service members and veterans, and give them a parole status that would allow them to stay.

The Army and Air Force do not follow policies that bar U.S. citizens with undocumented relatives from enlisting, Military.com said.”

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2013/12/13/pentagon-reviews-policy-barring-navy-and-marine-applicants-with-undocumented/

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