U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, Navy Secretary Richard Spencer and U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Karl Schultz are touring the state in an effort to push for national security in the Arctic. Their visit Monday in Nome coincides with the National Defense Authorization Act, which was scheduled to be signed by President Donald Trump.
Immigrants who joined the military under a program granting a pathway to citizenship are being kicked out of the service. Now they face a precarious fate with their residency statuses now in jeopardy. Attention on the changes to the program roared back into headlines after an Associated Press article came out July 4.
The U.S. military increasingly relies on Alaska, the defense secretary said Monday, both to provide a base of operations to maintaining dominance of the Indian and Pacific oceans to the south and to enable the Coast Guard and Navy to maintain control of U.S. Arctic waters, to the north.