Military discharges without honor?

The Associated Press reported over the weekend that several legal immigrants who enlisted in the U.S. Army under a program that promises expedited naturalization for military service are being quietly discharged. The reasons for dismissal are often vague, if reasons are given at all, and usually involve something about their presence being detrimental to national security.

It seems to be part of the Trump administration’s anti-immigration policy to weed these legal immigrants out of the military before they can earn their citizenship. If so, this policy can only serve to weaken the military. These immigrants enlist not just for a chance to earn their citizenship, but to serve and protect the country they hope to adopt as their homeland.

The U.S. military has a code of military honor. “Honor is a matter of carrying out, acting, and living the values of respect, duty, loyalty, selfless service, integrity and personal courage in everything you do,” according to the U.S. Army’s website.

What kind of honor is there in going back on one’s word and pulling the rug out from underneath these soldiers who have pledged to serve?

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