Monday, November 11, 2019

Celebrating Veterans Day? Veterans Day disgrace: Stop deporting immigrants who served, make them American citizens

It is Veterans Day.  ImmigrationProf blogger Ming Chen Has posted about the nation's treatment of immigrant vets

Democratic congressmembers Mark Takano, Juan Vargas and Raúl M. Grijalva in USA Today (Veterans Day disgrace: Stop deporting immigrants who served, make them American citizens) criticize the removal of veteran immigrants from the U.S.   Their op/ed begins:

"In a country where we celebrate and honor those who heeded the call to serve in the military, most Americans would be shocked to learn that just south of the U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana, Mexico, exists the Deported Veterans Support House, better known as “The Bunker.” Marked by a banner in red, white, and blue, and located next to a tire shop in a residential neighborhood, the bunker is a shelter for veterans of the United States Armed Forces who were deported from the same country they fought to protect, even after being honorably discharged."

Rep. Mark Takano, D-California, is chair of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Reps. Juan Vargas, D-California, and Raúl M. Grijalva, D-Arizona, are advocates for deported veterans.



Axios highlights the contributions of immigrant veterans. The post notes that 2.4 million of the nation's veterans were born outside the U.S. or are children of immigrants, according to the Migration Policy Institute — 13% of the overall veteran population. 17% of immigrant veterans came from Mexico, while another 17% came from the Philippines. In addition, 5% are from Germany, 4% from Colombia and 4% from the United Kingdom.


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