Congressman David Rivera (FL-25) has filed the Adjusted Residency for Military Service (ARMS) Act, H.R. 3823, in the United States House of Representatives this week.
The ARMS Act will provide the opportunity to adjust the residency status of individuals who join the United States Armed Forces and meet certain strict criteria.
"Currently, long-term United States residents who entered this country as children, and who do not have a legal status, cannot enlist in the United States military. The Adjusted Residency for Military Service, or ARMS, Act would give them the opportunity to serve in the United States Armed Forces and earn legal status in America.
"However, the ARMS Act does not ensure automatic residency. Applicants would need to meet a set of preliminary criteria to be considered for the program, and once accepted, demonstrate good moral conduct and a record of service in the United States military to then be eligible for legal status. Likewise, if the applicant does not meet necessary criteria, their conditional non-immigrant status will be revoked.
"This bill provides an opportunity for young people who have established long-standing ties in the United States, and who have a desire to serve our country, to fulfill their goals of serving in the military and achieving the American dream. If these young people are willing to die for America, then certainly they deserve a chance at life in America."