The Pentagon is considering ending a programme that allows immigrants with sought-after skills to join the American armed forces in return for an accelerated path to US citizenship, according to several reports.
The programme was set up in 2009 to try to find additional numbers of recruits with language and medical skills, particularly Arabic speakers and surgeons.
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However, concerns were first raised last year when it emerged that some recruits had falsified university degrees prompting the Pentagon to order fresh security checks.
Dismantling the pathway altogether would leave around 1000 foreign-born recruits at risk of deportation.
In a memo to James Mattis, the defence secretary, officials cited security concerns in recommending the programme be scrapped.
It warns of “the potential threat posed
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