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New Defense Spending Bill Includes Protection for Immigrant Recruits

President Trump on Tuesday signed the $700 billion defense spending bill that included a provision that protects new immigrant recruits from enlistment contract cancellations and possible deportation while waiting for the completion of the required background checks before being sent to basic training. In previous years, immigrant recruits only had two years for their background checks to be completed. In many cases, the background checks went beyond the two-year period and many immigrant recruits lost their legal status and, worse, faced deportation. The amendment to the defense spending bill was inserted by Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) and now gives new immigrant recruits an additional one year for their background checks to be completed and save them from possible loss of legal status. This provision greatly helps the U.S. military’s need for foreign recruits who possess language skills and medical specialties required for various U.S. military operations around the world.

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