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MAVNI

The MAVNI program allowed non-U.S. citizens to enlist in the armed services if they had foreign language skills or other special expertise. But the program is now at a standstill.

Carson Frame / Texas Public Radio

The immigration advocacy group Veterans for New Americans hosted a panel discussion at San Antonio College’s Victory Center Thursday evening, exploring the history of military service by immigrants and the legal barriers to the enlistment of foreign-born residents.

From 2009 to 2016, the Defense Department recruited more than 10,000 non-citizens into the armed forces. Now some say they're being discharged without explanation.