GAO report shows policy and data impact Veteran deportation, naturalization and offshore benefits

“Though their numbers have fallen, a surprising portion of U.S. military veterans are non-citizens who might become subject to deportation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”

“But the agency housed within the Homeland Security Department charged with determining their fate “does not consistently adhere to its policies of handling potentially removable veterans and does not consistently identify and track” them, according to a Government Accountability Office report released on Thursday.”

“Poor data puts at risk both these veterans’ rights to due process from ICE as well as the Veterans Affairs Department’s efforts to deliver earned benefits to those noncitizen vets now living abroad…”

“In a related problem, the report noted that veterans who have moved or been sent to other countries face challenges in collecting VA benefits…”

“The report also evaluated cooperation from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the larger context of how federal agencies facilitate the naturalization of noncitizen service members and veterans…” Read the full article here.

Source: ICE Doesn’t Know How Many Non-Citizen Military Veterans It Has Deported – By Charles S. Clark, June 7, 2019. Government Executive.

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