Defending the Nation: Immigrants in the Military

Defending the Nation: Immigrants in the Military

Immigrants have always come to the USA in pursuit of the American Dream. Some immigrants are so passionate about America that they enlist in the military and risk their lives to protect it. At the height of the Global War on Terrorism, over 65,000 immigrants served in the Military.
Despite their service, changes to immigration policies have made it more difficult for immigrant service members and their families. In 2018, many soldiers were discharged from the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program without justification. At the same time, the rejection rate doubled for family members of immigrants to receive protection under Parole in Place.
When America needed them, immigrants accepted the call to service. Join us to learn about their current battles.

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Primary Entry: Music Badge, Platinum Badge, Film Badge, Interactive Badge
Format: Panel
Event Type: Session
Level: Intermediate