Dead US Soldier’s Dad faces Deportation

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This is a dilemma and not an isolated case. The father of U.S. Private Armando Soriano, 20, who died in Iraq is facing deportation. Many parents of U.S. soldiers who are fighting the war in Iraq and Afghanistan are facing the same fate.

What should the policy be towards undocumented family members who live in the US and whose son or daughter, who are American citizens, are killed fighting for their country? If it is so important to deport these people, why hasn’t it been done before? Are they just now coming to the attention of the government because of the deaths of their children in the war?

Figures from the National Center for Immigration Law show that one in 10 U.S. soldiers who have died in Iraq have been immigrants.

Enrique Soriano’s case is also complicated by the fact that the rest of his family has a legal right to be in the U.S. His wife has a green card, three of their four kids are U.S. citizens, and another born in Mexico has applied for a green card. If Enrique is deported, the family will have to make the hard choice of going back or separating.

US military veterans and especially those who serve in combat zones should receive absolutely exceptional treatment on all levels when they return to the US. This should include immediate and priority health care, housing assistance, job assistance and educational assistance. While our government and the VA say that they provide these services, the fact is their record of performance is miserable and the veterans suffer for it. (see previous post).

I think that, when a young man or woman enlists in our armed forces, risks death fighting for the United States and indeed makes the ultimate sacrifice, the least we can do, in the land of the free and the home of the brave, is grant his resident parent a green card.

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One Comment on “Dead US Soldier’s Dad faces Deportation”

  1. Capt Fogg Says:

    This kind of Xenophobia seems to be common in paranoid/totalitarian states such as the US is becoming. I could speculate all day about about whether it’s part of a plan or a symptom of a disease or both, but I think it’s true beyond a doubt.


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