In spite of the Republican opposition to letting DACA-DREAMers participate in the armed forces, there is a small, select group of these young immigrants already serving their adopted country.
The Army has not only been implementing a program called MAVNI, which allows legal non-citizens with in-demand skills to join the Army, but it recently expanded it.
MAVNI (Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest) includes opportunities for active duty and Army Reserves personnel.
The important set of skills the Army is seeking are in two main areas: healthcare and foreign languages. The list of in-demand skills is updated annually.
“The expansion of the program enhances the Army’s ability to accomplish its assigned missions through recruiting highly qualified medical personnel in certain critical specialties as well as individuals with foreign language skills and cultural knowledge and understanding,” said Maj. Gen. Allen Batschelet, commanding general for U.S. Army Recruiting Command.
In return for their commitment, the MAVNI program offers qualified individuals a path and fast track to citizenship.
As of April 2, 2015, there were 43 DACA recipients enlisted, according to an Army spokesperson.