Steve Yale-Loehr co-authored a new policy brief.
“Noncitizens in the U.S. Military: Navigating National Security Concerns and Recruitment Needs,” published by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI). The report notes, among other things, that close to 8,000 noncitizens were in the active-duty U.S. Army in 2015, representing 1.6 percent of its enlisted force. The number of foreign-born service members is much higher, as it includes many who have gained U.S. citizenship since enlisting. Amid new Defense Department background check rules, thousands of noncitizens have been kept from going to basic training and beginning their military service.
Steve Yale-Loehr was quoted by Law360.com in “Trump Proposal Threatens Safeguards for Migrant Kids.”
President Donald Trump will likely try to dismantle bedrock protections for migrant children in detention, including those in the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act and a decades-old settlement agreement, to reform the asylum system as he outlined last week, policy analysts said.
Stephen Yale-Loehr, a professor at Cornell Law School, said that altering [the Flores settlement agreement] is one prong of Trump’s reform proposal that he need not rely on Congress to achieve. It could be implemented if the proposed regulation is finalized. “Depending on the language, the final rule could attempt to implement President Trump’s efforts to deport immigrant children more quickly,” he said. “The final rule will surely be challenged in court, however.”