02/08/2018 CBS News
Defense Secretary James Mattis said immigrant members of the military who are currently protected by theprogram will continue to be protected — even if the program expires without congressional action next month.
Mattis, speaking to CBS News Pentagon correspondent David Martin and other reporters Thursday, said he has spoken with Homeland Security Secretary Kjirsten Nielsen and confirmed that anyone who has enlisted in the military and is waiting to report to boot camp, anyone on active duty or in the active reserves or anyone with an honorable discharge will not be deported. Two exceptions for that would be for anyone who has committed a serious felony or is the subject of a deportation order.
If Congress fails to act before March 5 — the deadline upon which the program is set to expire — “they’re protected,” Mattis said.