Should Serving In The US Military Be Enough To Prevent Deportation? (V

Should Serving In The US Military Be Enough To Prevent Deportation? (Video)

March 28, 2016

Should Serving In The US Military Be Enough To Prevent Deportation? (Video)

Deportation of military veterans is a touchy subject, but what is even more touchy is the fact that the United States enlists thousands of immigrants a year, with the misleading notion that they will become citizens after serving our country. It isn’t as easy as it seems, though. The Los Angeles Times talks about Juan’s story:

Juan Valadez once embraced the Navy's ideals: Be your best, serve with honor, protect your country. But because he was born in Mexico and taken to the U.S. as an infant, his pact with America when he joined the military came with a catch: If he ever was convicted of a felony, he would be deported.

The only legal way to return would be in a casket — a final mercy the U.S. government grants veterans who die after deportation.

"They'll take you back once it's not no good to you anymore," Valadez said.

For much of its wartime history, the U.S. has offered naturalization to noncitizens who enlisted in the military and completed boot camp. The practice was halted after the Vietnam War and then resumed a generation later by the Army in 2009, and the Navy after that. 

Valadez, 33, is one of the thousands who served in those middle years when naturalization wasn't a part of boot camp graduation

Advocates estimate there are now at least 2,000 veterans living in northern Mexico, many in border towns such as Tijuana and Juarez where English speakers can find decent-paying work in telemarketing and other service-sector jobs. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement doesn't track the military history of deportees, so it is difficult to tell exactly how many veterans the government has deported. 

It is difficult to say where and how change is to be made concerning not only immigrants in the military, but immigrants in our country. What say you? 

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2 Responses

Brad Largent USN Ret
Brad Largent USN Ret

March 29, 2016

I feel that a SUCESSFUL enlistment should entitle a legal emigrant citizenship. At which time their immediate family members would move to the top of the list for emigration.


March 28, 2016

This story is about as halfassed as any story I have ever read. It skips around so bad it is hard to understand. Did Juan get convicted of a felony? If so what were his charges? Say for instance if he was charged with rape, child molestation, multiple DUI’s, homicide, manslaughter, bank robbery or any of the bad felonies he should be deported. If convicted of smoking mj, car theft, bank fraud or lesser felonies then he should not be deported if served his military time. Why wasn’t his charges published? That makes me think it is a bad felony.

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