Thursday, August 9, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC — Win Without War Director Stephen Miles released the following statement regarding the Pentagon’s decision to suspend immigrant discharges and cancelled contracts:
“We applaud the Defense Department announcement today that the U.S. Army will temporarily stop discharging immigrant recruits who enlisted on the promise of being granted a path to citizenship.
“The decision comes one month after an AP report exposed the practice, and roughly one week after NBC News covered Win Without War and our allies delivering tens of thousands of petition signatures to the Pentagon asking Secretary James Mattis to suspend it.
“Reports suggested that the policy was part of the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant agenda, and therefore, the Pentagon must still launch an investigation into why dozens of immigrant service members were discharged or had their contracts cancelled and how widespread the practice has been. It should also immediately halt all such separations across the services until such an investigation can be completed.
“We will continue to monitor this issue and work to ensure that immigrants are afforded the rights and respect they deserve, especially those who decide to put their lives on the line for our country.”
Win Without War is a diverse network of national organizations working for progressive foreign policy in America.