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The US Soldiers Stuck in Immigration Limbo Under Trump

22 September 2017 No Comment
Kyungmin Cho, 19, was born in South Korea but grew up in the United States, and recently joined the army in hopes of becoming a citizen. Photo by Kirsten Luce for the Marshall Project

Kyungmin Cho, 19, was born in South Korea but grew up in the United States, and recently joined the army in hopes of becoming a citizen. Photo by Kirsten Luce for the Marshall Project

by Julia Preston

Courtesy Vice

When he enlisted in the Army last year, Private First Class Kyungmin Cho thought he would be an active-duty soldier by this time and a proud naturalized citizen of the United States. But despite enthusiastic praise in recent days from President Trump for the service of immigrants like him, Cho’s time as a recruit has left him wondering whether the American military wants him at all.

 Born in South Korea, Cho grew up in this country as an undocumented immigrant after coming here with his parents when he was seven. Now 19, he was able to join the US Army after he gained temporary protection from deportation through a program for young immigrants who came as children, known as DACA.

The US Soldiers Stuck in Immigration Limbo Under Trump

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