In this February 7, 2018, photo, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington.
Mattis said DACA recipients on active duty, in the reserves, and those veterans who received an honorable discharge, would not be subject to deportation unless they have committed a felony or have been ordered out of the country by a federal judge.
The almost 850 immigrants now serving in the military or waiting to start basic training won't face deportation despite the ongoing federal wrangling over the fate of people who came to America illegally as children, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday.
At an earlier Pentagon briefing, Dana White, the Pentagon's chief spokesperson said that the status of non-citizens serving in the military was "within the purview" of the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security.
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Mattis said he conferred with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen this week that children who arrived in the USA illegally, known as "Dreamers", and have since enlisted in the military would not face deportation.
Congress has yet to come up with a solution for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. As for the Dreamers in the ranks, she said "we respect their service and we'll continue to do that". It also allows them to serve in the military.
White did not immediately have a count of how numerous Dreamers were now serving in Iraq, Syria or Afghanistan.
'They're protected, ' he said of DACA beneficiaries, adding that 'you can sign up right now, as I understand'. "It's like they're juggling us with their hands". "We want a DACA solution". March 5th is rapidly approaching and the Dems seem not to care about DACA. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday Ryan needs to "man up" and bring a DACA debate and vote to the House floor.