When President Obama announced his new immigration policy on June 15, he stated that young immigrants who have served in the military will be granted the two-year reprieve. While the announcement was highly praised at first, reports have surfaced that very few immigrants will qualify under this section of the announcement.
According to the United States Army’s website, in order to enlist in the U.S. military, an individual has to be “born, naturalized, or otherwise legal citizen of the United States.” A spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Defense told public radio station WNYC that the military checks immigration and naturalization documents, and if someone is discovered to have false documents, they are immediately discharged for having fraudulent papers.
New York Immigration expert Matthew Blaisdell told WNYC that people who would fit this category of Obama’s announcement would already have U.S. Citizenship. Therefore, this “assistance” through the reprieve is all but nill, and “would benefit only a miniscule number of people,” if any.