Mattis: DREAMers in military won’t be deported

Jim Mattis is pictured. | AP Photo

“We would always stand by one of our people,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said. | Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo

Defense Secretary James Mattis said Thursday that the U.S. would not deport undocumented immigrants serving in the military after being brought to the U.S. as children. Mattis said he confirmed with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen that DREAMers will not be subject to deportation proceedings if they are on active duty, in the active reserves, or enlisted and waiting to start boot camp. He said veterans honorably discharged also would be protected. “We would always stand by one of our people,” he said. The only exceptions are those who have committed a serious felony, and those who already have received a final deportation order from a federal judge.

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