At least three dozen immigrant recruits who were booted from the Army after enlisting with a promised pathway to citizenship are being brought back to serve, the Associated Press reported.
In court records filed Monday, an army official said since Aug. 17, the Army has reinstated 32 reservists, and revoked discharge orders of another six enlistees who had sued.
Another 149 discharges have been suspended and are under review, Army Assistant Deputy for Recruiting and Retention, Linden St. Clair, said in the filing.
The reinstatements follow an AP report in July that revealed dozens of illegal immigrant enlistees were were being discharged or had their contracts cancelled.
According to the AP, some of the booted recruits said they were given no reason for the discharge, while others said the Army told them they’d been labeled as security risks because they have relatives abroad or because the Defense Department hadn’t completed background checks on them.
All had enlisted under a program known as the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest, or MAVNI, to hike the number of soldiers with critical language or medical skills.
The reinstatements come after the Army did an about-face and suspended discharges temporarily.
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