GOLDEN TICKET: US Army Offers Instant Citizenship to Temporary Immigrants in US who know One or More of 35 Languages Excluding Spanish

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The U.S. Army is offering a golden ticket, instant citizenship (6 months), to Temporary Immigrants in the U.S. who know one or more of 35 languages, excluding Spanish. reports:

The U.S. military, stretched thin in Afghanistan and Iraq, will recruit about 550 temporary immigrants, including those from India who know Hindi and Tamil, offering them a golden chance to become US citizens in as little as six months. The pilot program, for the first time since the Vitenam War, will open the armed forces to temporary immigrants if they have lived in the US for a minimum of two years, the New York Times reported quoting military officials familiar with the plan. The Army's one-year pilot program will begin in New York City to recruit about 440 temporary immigrants who speak one or more of 35 languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Igo, Kurdish, Nepalese, Pashto, Russian and Tamil. Spanish speakers are not eligible. It will also include about 300 medical professionals to be recruited nationwide. Recruiting will start after Dept. of Homeland Security officials update an immigration rule in coming days. Immigrants who are permanent residents, with documents commonly known as green cards, have long been eligible to enlist. Recruiters expect that the temporary immigrants will have more education, foreign language skills and professional experitise than many Americans who enlist, helping the military to fill shortages in medical care, language interpretation and field intelligence analysis. 

See references:

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How do they justify the exclusion of Spanish-speakers? We know what it's about but they must have said something.

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