Monday, November 12, 2012

Celebrating Veterans Day: Honor, Not Deport, Immigrant Vets


November 11 was Veterans Day.  Let us not forget that many immigrants serve in the U.S. military.

2012 saw reports of immigrant vets facing deportation. Consider Jose Padilla, who established in Padilla v. Kentucky (2012) that an ineffective assistance of counsel claim in a criminal case could be based on the failure of the attorney to inform the client of the immigration consequences of a plea agreement.  A lawful permanent resident of the United States for more than 40 years and "served this Nation with honor as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces during the Vietnam War," Padilla faced deportation for a criminal conviction.

Immigrant vets are unquestionably loyal to the United States.  Last week, for example, more than 40 members of the services became U.S. citizens in a naturalization ceremony on the USS Midway in San Diego.



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