The Naval Postgraduate School & The U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Report: Immigrants in the Military Essential Since 9/11

Essential to the Fight: Immigrants in the Military Eight Years after 9/11 This report, just released by the Immigration Policy Center, reminds us of the essential role that immigrants in the U.S. military have played, especially in the eight years following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. "Today, immigrants voluntarily serve in all branches of the U.S. military and are a vital asset to the Department of Defense. To recognize their unique contribution, immigrants serving honorably in the military who are not yet U.S. citizens are granted significant advantages in the naturalization process. Over the past eight years, Congress has amended military-related enlistment and naturalization rules to allow expanded benefits for immigrants and their families and encourage recruitment of immigrants into the U.S. Armed Forces. Without the contributions of immigrants, the military could not meet its recruiting goals and could not fill its need for foreign-language translators, interpreters, and cultural experts. This latest Special Report reflects on the vital role immigrants have and continue to play in keeping our nation safe."