“I can’t believe ‘deported veterans’ is an actual phrase”

Indeed, deportations of veterans, which began decades ago, are often a shock to many who assume that joining the military has always been an automatic guarantee of citizenship.

It isn’t, although previous administrations have taken steps to make it easier for foreign-born soldiers to be naturalized. Under President Trump, new regulations extend the waiting period for military green-card holders to become naturalized citizens.

The Army also has stopped enlisting some immigrants who are legal permanent residents while mandating lengthy delays for others.