Mattis: DACA Recipients Serving in the Military and Veterans Will Not Be Deported

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 10:34 AM PT — Fri. February 9, 2018

Defense Secretary James Mattis said ‘Dreamers’ serving in the military, or who were honorably discharged, will not face deportation even if the DACA program expires.

Lance Cpl. Diego Velazquez Valdivia leads the audience and fellow naturalized service members in the Pledge of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan. (Photo/Marine Corps)

On Thursday, Mattis said protections apply to service members on active duty in the reserves or those who have served their country in the past.

Mattis said the only exception would be if a service member committed a serious felony or if a federal judge signed a final deportation order.

His statement is good news for the 800 DACA recipients currently enrolled in the armed forces.

The DACA program is set to expire on Monday, March 5, and is a contentious subject as immigration negotiations continue in Congress.