Take a look at the face of bigotry and how it destroys lives. The Associated Press reports that at least 40 immigrant recruits and Army reservists who enlisted with a promised path to citizenship have been abruptly discharged, without explanation, with an “uncharacterized discharge” neither honorable nor dishonorable. The real explanation appears to be that they are immigrants, plain and simple, from countries such as Brazil, Iran, and Pakistan.
The service members affected by the recent discharges all enlisted in recent years under a special program aimed at bringing medical specialists and fluent speakers of 44 sought-after languages into the military. The idea, according to the Defense Department, was to “recognize their contribution and sacrifice.”
“Immigrants have been serving in the Army since 1775,” [Immigration Attorney Margaret] Stock said. “We wouldn’t have won the revolution without immigrants. And we’re not going to win the global war on terrorism today without immigrants.”
Stock said the service members she’s heard from had been told the Defense Department had not managed to put them through extensive background checks, which include CIA, FBI and National Intelligence Agency screenings and counterintelligence interviews. Therefore, by default, they do not meet the background check requirement.
“It’s a vicious cycle,” she said.
What’s sad, is not only do these people bring good background and skills to the service, they went into the Army for the best of all reasons; they love this country.
[Lucas] Calixto, who lives in Massachusetts and came to the U.S. when he was 12, said in an email interview arranged through his attorney that he joined the Army out of patriotism.
In the suit, Calixto said he learned he was being kicked out soon after he was promoted to private second class.
The Pakistani service member who spoke to the AP said he learned in a phone call a few weeks ago that his military career was over.
The AP interviewed Calixto and recruits from Pakistan and Iran, all of whom said they were devastated by their unexpected discharges.
“Now the great feeling I had when I enlisted is going down the drain,” said Calixto, 28. “I don’t understand why this is happening.”
In hopes of undoing the discharge, he filed a lawsuit in Washington, D.C., last week alleging the Defense Department hadn’t given him a chance to defend himself or appeal. He said he was given no specific grounds other than “personnel security.”
Trump and his administration are responsible for an immense amount of human pain and suffering. These are stories of more shattered lives. And for what? A bigoted, inhumane agenda that is targeting people, via racial profiling, and then destroying them. That is supposed to serve what purpose, exactly? This is not American, this is Satanic.