Immigrant soldiers are now being denied US citizenship at a higher rate than civilians

Immigrant soldiers are now being denied US citizenship at  a higher rate than civilians
Border Patrol agents observe an Arizona National Guard Soldier training for Operation Copper Cactus at an undisclosed location in Arizona on Aug. 25, 2010. Operation Copper Condor is the Arizona National Guard's contribution to the up to 1,200 National Guard troops being deployed to support the Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the four Southwest border states. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill) (Released)

Critics of President Donald Trump’s hardline immigration policy have often pointed out that many members of immigrant families are serving in the United States military. But according to a new report by McClatchy DC, immigrants who join the U.S. military are more likely to be denied citizenship than those who don’t.

McClatchy DC’s report was based on an extensive analysis of quarterly naturalization statistics from the U.S. Department of Citizenship and Immigration Services. McClatchy also found that immigrants enlisted in the U.S. military have been applying for citizenship in lower numbers since Trump was sworn in as president in January 2017.

McClatchy, analyzing U.S. Department of Citizenship and Immigration Services data for October 1-December 31, 2018, found that non-military immigrants were being denied citizenship at a rate of about 11.2 percent — whereas among immigrants enlisted in the U.S. military, the number was around 16.5 percent.

The Law & Crime website, reporting on the McClatchy DC report, quoted immigration attorney Elizabeth Ricci as saying, “I think people are disheartened right now by the immigration climate. We talk about a wall all the time. This is an invisible wall.”

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