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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Green-Card Soldiers

Please take a moment and read this article posted today on CNN.com:

Green-Card Soldier Prepares For His 3rd Deployment

I just can't understand why this kind of thing is allowed to happen. It makes me physically ill to think that there have been 109 immigrant soldiers who have died in combat since September 11th, 2001 that were not granted citizenship until after they were killed. Why is it that we are making these brave men and women jump through hoops and wait extraordinary amounts of time to gain their US citizenship?

It should be...you finish basic training, you're a citizen. Done. No hoops, no major wait times. Make the citizenship classes and test part of basic training. Why is that so freakin' difficult?

If this bothers you as much as it did me please take the time to send a message to your Congressmen/women and Senators. Express to them how appalling it is to think that these patriots are being allowed to sacrifice for this country and this country can't even extend them the gesture of an accelerated path to citizenship.

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