DACA youths seek approval to enlist

Undocumented youths who are allowed stay in this country under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy are now turning their attention to the military.

The policy, which President Barack Obama issued last year, allows undocumented youths to request deferred action of potential removal from this country for a period of two years. Now, youths who have received deferred action are seeking permission to enlist in the military, according to a press release from www.LetUsServe.org.

Approval for such enlistments would require a directive from the U.S. Secretary of Defense.

DACA youths launched the enlistment campaign Jan. 24 at recruiting offices in New York and California, just days after President Obama called for immigration reform in his inauguration address. Similar action is expected to follow in Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado, according to the press release.

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