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Deported military spouse's quest for legal status proved expensive, futile

After sneaking across the border into the United States in 1998, Alejandra Juarez spent years and thousands of dollars trying to legalize her status and stay in the country with her American Marine veteran husband and their two U.S.-born children. In the end her efforts failed but not for lack of trying.

Final plea: Combat veteran's wife facing Friday deportation reaches out to Trump

Alejandra Juarez and her husband, Sgt. Cuauhtemoc “Temo” Juarez — who came to the U.S. from Mexico as a child and naturalized days before his Iraq deployment — always expected that one day, in recognition of his service, she too would be naturalized. But after two decades of building a life here, Juarez is set to be deported.


USS Fitzgerald junior officer enters no plea in arraignment for court-martial

Lt. Natalie Combs did not enter a plea Monday at her arraignment for a general court-martial on charges stemming from the deadly collision involving the USS Fitzgerald Navy destroyer last year.


Votel: Time for Pakistan to step up in peace efforts in Afghanistan

A successful cease-fire between Afghan forces and Taliban fighters last month helped create an “unprecedented opportunity” for peace efforts in Afghanistan, and now Pakistan – as a key regional player - must step up to the plate, the top commander of U.S. operations in the region said Thursday.


Former Fitzgerald commander pleads not guilty to criminal charges from collision

Details of the USS Fitzgerald collision revealed Cmdr. Bryce Benson was in his quarters the night of the collision leaving a more junior officer to serve as officer of the deck. Seven sailors died aboard the Fitzgerald on June 17, 2017.


Senators urge Pentagon to rethink sending military lawyers to be immigration prosecutors

The senators' letter came just hours after the Pentagon confirmed that it had approved sending 21 active-duty and reserve judge advocates to help the Justice Department with its growing backlog of cases created after the government adopted a policy to prosecute adults who cross the border illegally.


2 USS Fitzgerald officers face courts-martial in wake of fatal collision a year ago

Prosecutors portrayed the defendants as failing in their jobs — not using the tools at their disposal properly, not trying to get faulty equipment fixed and therefore failing to see close calls in busy waters over the course of the night — in the moments leading up to the 2017 collision.


Army reverses deportation decision for soldier from China

Luo Shu was accepted into the Military Accessions for Vital National Interest, a military program for foreigners with language or medical skills that the Army lacks. A paperwork mistake led to Luo arrest by immigration authorities for overstaying his visa earlier this month.


Recommended: No court-martial for 2 Fitzgerald junior officers

Cmdr. Anthony Johnson recommended that both cases go before an administrative separation board, where each sailor will likely face a board of inquiry to determine whether their performance was substandard and whether they should be separated from the Navy.


‘Glaring deficiencies’ and ‘decision paralysis’: Navy finds seamanship incompetencies in junior deck officers

Nearly 84 percent of Navy first-tour junior deck officers randomly tested were not competent to drive their ships without raising concerns, particularly when “immediate action” was required “to avoid collision,” according to findings the Navy released Wednesday.


Foreign-born recruit faces deportation despite assurances by Mattis

Luo Shu, a Chinese citizen who graduated with a degree in data analytics from George Washington University, was recruited into the Army’s delayed entry program two years ago. He was arrested at a Department of Homeland Security Investigations office on Monday after an Army administrative error allowed his service contract to expire.