November 12, 2012
Celebrating Veterans Day: Honor, Not Deport, Immigrant Vets
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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