ICE Officially Considers Military Service When Deciding to Deport Non-Citizen Vets and Families

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced Tuesday that it will officially consider migrants’ US military service before deciding whether to enforce civil immigration actions, such as deportation, against them or their family members.

While ICE has previously recognized US military service as a mitigating factor, the Biden administration’s directive makes consideration of US military service an official agency policy. The department will take into account the non-citizen US veteran’s type of discharge, length of service, and other related factors before deciding to take action against an illegal immigrant and their immediate family members.

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Legislature Pushes $2.5 Billion Tax Break to Gov. Whitmer

The GOP-dominated Michigan Legislature approved $2.5 billion in far-ranging tax relief amid record 40-year-high inflation.

Meanwhile, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Democrats pitched sending immediately $500 checks to working families. Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, characterized the plan as trying to “pay off” Michiganders for her COVID policies.

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Maricopa County Attorney’s Office Launches Veterans’ Diversion Program

Woman in Army uniform

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office is launching a new pre-trial diversion program for military veterans. 

The Veterans’ Diversion Program, which begins on April 4, 2022, aims to provide evidence-based services and treatment to some veterans before a conviction.

The County Attorney’s Office notes that some veterans have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and cannot access treatment. The office notes that this can result in domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, mental health disorders, and suicide. 

The Veterans’ Diversion Program will try to identify and treat those issues, according to a press release issued on Wednesday this week. A veteran who completes the program can have their charges dismissed.

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Director of Marketing Derrick Morgan Describes the Travis Manion Foundation Mission and Upcoming Marine Corps Marathon

Travis Manion Foundation's Dir. of Marketing Derrick Morgan

Monday morning on the Tennessee Star Report, host Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed the Travis Manion Foundation’s Dir. of Marketing Derrick Morgan to the newsmakers line to talk about Travis Manion, the mission of the foundation, and the upcoming Marine Corps Marathon.

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Charlie Daniels and The Journey Home Project Announce Pentagon Art Exhibit

Country music icon Charlie Daniels has opened an art gallery of combat and civilian photographs by veterans and their families at the Pentagon outside Washington, D.C. The Journey Home Project (TJHP), a nonprofit founded by Daniels, teamed up with the Rich Poverty organization to create the new art exhibit called The…

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