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Bennet files amendment to prevent military discharge for DACA recipients

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Senator Michael Bennet during a 2017 town hall in Colorado Springs. (KOAA) Senator Michael Bennet during a 2017 town hall in Colorado Springs. (KOAA)

Colorado Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet is co-sponsoring an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to keep military personnel waiting on background checks from being discharged from service.

If added to the bill and passed, the amendment would protect military personnel in the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI) program until background checks are complete. Bennet's office said more than 800 DACA recipients have applied through this program.

“The men and women serving in our military through the MAVNI program are willing to risk their lives in defense of our country,” Bennet said in a release. “We cannot allow bureaucracy to threaten these service members’ immigration status.”

The amendment would require the recruits to stay in the military until their background checks were completed. Current law requires recruits to undergo basic training within 730 days after applying. The recruits cannot undergo basic training until they pass the background check.

Bennet along with Dick Durbin (D-IL), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Mark Warner (D-VA) co-sponsored the bill.

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