Recruiters of the US Army were ordered to cease attracting to the service in the army holders of green cards and any other foreigners who, according to the law, have the right to serve in the army.
An e-mail with the appropriate order was sent to the recruiters on October 18 with a note that the order takes effect immediately.
The restriction, according to the letter, was introduced “until further notice”.
The Department of Defense stated that the holders of green cards cannot go to training camps or other objects of the armed forces until they have checked their background.
Prior to that, green card holders were allowed to go to training camps until the background check was completed, if it had already been started. The new policy could have detained holders of green cards from the beginning of the service on average for a year because of the large number of inspections conducted.
But now the new order generally prohibits them from serving in the army and even passing a preliminary check of the background before further notice.
The ban on holders of green cards to serve in the army is contrary to federal law, which states that “a foreigner who has a legal right to permanent residence in the United States” can be enrolled in “any troops of the armed forces” of the country.
The current immigration law allows green card holders to speed up the process of obtaining US citizenship if they serve in the US Army for at least one year. Holders of green cards that didn’t serve in the army receive citizenship after a longer waiting period and more stringent requirements are put forward to them.
From 2001 to 2015, more than 109,000 solders became naturalized citizens of the United States.