Re: More than 31,000 members of the US forces are not American citizens
- I think somebody should tell the poor bastards streaming in from
Mexico that if there is no draft after the november elections it is
because they are the officially designated cannon fodder in the war on
If they live, they can take up where they left off; if they die, they
can expect to be buried in unmarked graves in the Iraqi countryside.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Vigilius Haufniensis"
> In places like Los Angeles, recruiters say that 50% of theirrecruits are "green card troops". Upon enlisting, Marine recruiters
tell recruits concerned about citizenship that "the Marines will take
care of that."
>are not American citizens. After returning from honorably serving in
> More than 31,000 members of the US forces are not American citizens
> Troops' Citizenship
> Is it true that there are Troops fighting who are not Citizens?
> Yes, it's true. More than 31,000 members of the U.S. armed forces
the United States armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, non-U.S.
citizen Servicemembers are put through a lengthy process to obtain
U.S. citizenship often, it is only after their death that they are
given immediate citizenship.
>not American citizens. Following President Bush's declaration of an
> Who does this affect?
> It affects more than 31,000 members of the U.S. armed forces who are
expedited naturalization process for Service Members who fight in the
war on terror (link), 8,000 green card holders soon thereafter joined
the military. US military advertisements in English & Spanish
highlight military service as a shortcut to citizenship. In places
like Los Angeles, recruiters say that 50% of their recruits are "green
card troops". Upon enlisting, Marine recruiters tell recruits
concerned about citizenship that "the Marines will take care of that."
>law, must serve for at least 3 years on active duty or serve during
> What are these Servicemembers supposed to do to get their Citizenship?
> Servicemembers who are not U.S. citizens, under U.S. immigration
periods of military hostilities to be ensured their opportunity for
citizenship. (Links: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services).
President Bush's executive order (link) has defined an open ended time
period starting with September 11th as a period of military hostility,
qualifying any non-citizen currently serving in the military for
>why is it a Problem?
> What is the current Process for these Troops to become Citizens and
>undergo after submitting their application. Service-members usually
> After serving, there is a lengthy waiting time Service members must
wait 6 12 months before they are naturalized; in places of heavy
immigration, like Los Angeles, it takes 9 12 months to be
interviewed for naturalization and at least 2 3 months to be sworn
in. There is no guaranteed time, just the promise of an "expedited"
process. Only in cases of death is citizenship given as soon as
service has ended. (ABC News)
>process within six months of being discharged, they lose the
> Furthermore, if Servicemembers fail to initiate their naturalization
privileges they gained from serving. A number of these Servicemembers
coming home will have to bear the burden of what the frontlines have
left them: financial problems, depression, post-traumatic stress
disorder, injuries, and/or even loss of limbs. They should not be
faced with the additional burden of needing to take care of their
naturalization issues upon the first six months of their return.
>system, politicians aren't giving this issue the attention it
> Why isn't this Issue being addressed?
> Because these green card troops don't have a voice in our political
deserves. These Servicemembers cannot vote and force a change. Their
cause needs to be picked up by those that do have a voice and can
>completing their Active Duty Assignments.
> We call for automatic Citizenship for Service Members honorably
>should be immediate following the honorable completion of their
> Operation Truth believes citizenship for non-citizen Service Members
qualifying service. The process should be initiated by the military,
and cause no undue burden on Servicemembers.
> Further Information on the entire Military Naturalization Process:
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