Last week, the Associate Press published a story about President Trump kicking immigrants out of the military.
Unfortunately for the AP, the story was not exactly true.
Smartphones across the country starting buzzing on July 6 when the AP published a story headlined: “US Army quietly discharging immigrant recruits.”
Now, most people on both sides of the aisle do not have a problem with legal immigrants joining the military.
Nor do they have a problem with those serving the country earning a path to citizenship, so the story was concerning, to say the least.
Sadly, though, this was just a pure distorting of the facts to get some clicks.
Reading further into the story, the reason for these recruits being dismissed was given.
Some of the people being dismissed were considered security risks by the Defense Department.
The reasons given varied from incomplete background checks to family members in other countries that raised a red flag.
Currently, it is estimated that at least 70,000 members of our military are non-naturalized citizens.
It is also estimated more than 110,000 members of the military have earned a path to citizenship over the last two decades.
Recruits not making it through the entire process is nothing new in the military.
This can happen for health reasons, lying on an application, and yes, simply because the Department of Defense was unable to conduct a background check in the given timeframe.
In other words, what is happening now has been happening all along; it is NOT a concentrated effort by the Trump administration to rid our military of legal immigrants (and some undocumented, since President Barack Obama expanded the DACA exemption to anyone enlisting).
Once again, the mainstream media has been caught spreading fake news for the sake of creating divide and spreading a false narrative about the president.