18 May '17, 5pm

Great reporting here from @AlexHortonTX

Earlier this spring, Dr. Kusuma Nio was anticipating two things in May. The trauma surgeon hoped to deploy with his Army Reserve unit to Afghanistan, where his expertise in treating catastrophic injuries would be vital to U.S. and Afghan forces roiled by resurgent militants. The other thing: Nio was to raise his right hand again May 5. Not just as a soldier, but as a U.S. citizen. Instead, Indonesian-born Nio, 32, who lives in Springfield, Ill., is watching his fellow soldiers of the 1st Forward Surgical Team based in New York leave for war. His path to citizenship has become a minefield. His citizenship oath was postponed indefinitely April 13 by the United States Citizenship Immigration Service, who told him the Defense Department has suspended all applications from foreign-born recruits looking to serve. The Pentagon’s tangled bureaucracy is struggling to move 4,200 leg...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/living-in-limbo-dod-rule-cha...

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