"It's an admission by the Army that they've improperly discharged hundreds of soldiers."
The US Army has suspended the practice of discharging immigrant recruits who joined the army in order to gain a pathway to citizenship, reported
The Associated Press Thursday.
The memo obtained by AP, which was dated July 20, instructs high-ranking Army officials to immediately cease processing discharges of recruits who enlisted as part of a special immigrant program.
"Effective immediately, you will suspend processing of all involuntary separation actions," read the memo received by AP and signed by Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Marshall Williams.
The Army originally said that the discharges were not due to any policy change.
"It's an admission by the Army that they've improperly discharged hundreds of soldiers. The next step should be go back and rescind the people who were improperly discharged," she told The Associated Press.
The policy of expediting immigrants' pathway to citizenship if they serve in the army began to develop under former President George W. Bush after 9/11. I
This became official policy
About 110,000 members of the Armed Forces have obtained citizenship by serving in the military