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Immigration Enforcement: Actions Needed to Better Handle, Identify, and Track Cases Involving Veterans

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[Technical Report, Congressional Report]

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United States Government Accountability Office

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Throughout U.S. history, noncitizens have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Although the Immigration and Nationality Act allows noncitizen servicemembers to acquire citizenship, some veterans may not apply or may not satisfy all eligibility criteria. If the Department of Homeland Security DHS determines that a noncitizen veteran is potentially removable, the veteran may be subject to administrative immigration enforcement and removal. ICE, among other things, is responsible for identifying and removing aliens who violate U.S. immigration law. GAO was asked to review issues related to the removal of noncitizen veterans. This report examines 1 the extent to which ICE has developed and implemented policies for handling and tracking cases of potentially removable veterans 2 how federal agencies facilitate the naturalization of noncitizen service members and veterans, and what is known about the number who have applied for naturalization and 3 how removal affects veterans eligibility for and access to VA benefits and services. GAO reviewed documentation, met with agency officials, analyzed available data on veterans placed in removal proceedings, and conducted are view of removed veterans alien files. GAO also analyzed data on military naturalization applications.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Sociology and Law
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

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[A, Approved For Public Release]