Not much out there I could get jazzed about writing about. Iranian elections? Semi-fraudulent as was expected. The “reform” candidates were limited as to where they could run, and did well in those areas. But in areas where the establishment needed to secure victories, they banned the reformists from competing. Any wonder the hard liners won?
Prosecutors are pursuing a new indictment against Barry Bonds. As he doesn’t have a job at the moment, he’ll have plenty of time to deal with this. On a semi-related note, it seems Brian McNamee, of Roger Clemens fame, was involved in a head on crash with a NYC Transit bus. No charges or serious injuries have been reported.
So, I went searching for something to read, and possibly pass along. On CNN, I found a couple of articles of interest.
First is this article: HERE
It’s about an immigrant from Germany, who enlisted in the US Army, while still only holding a green card. Guy finds out he can enlist in the US Military with only a green card “by accident,” and still having feelings unresolved from 9-11, joins up. He ships off for Iraq, where he takes one on the chin, literally. This guy shows more honest feelings for this country than many who were born and bred here. Amazing really. And check out some of the comments, they go off the wall.
The other one is HERE. This one is obviously far more political than the first. This one tries to tie in a lot of other issues, and puts a definite political spin on the story. The best part of this, beyond LCP. Ramos-Villalta’s personal story, are the links and numbers for non-citizen’s serving in the military to get assistance in processing their paper work for getting their citizenship.
Non-citizens serving in the US Military is nothing new. As Chris Rhatigan of US Citizenship and Immigration Services said, “We have had immigrant members of the military going back to the Revolutionary War.” The US Military has had citizens, here legally, with green cards (or the equivalent for the time), serve proudly and with distinction. Even as late as the Vietnam conflict, we had Canadians, Irish, British, Mexicans, Phillipinos, and others enlist and serve.
The expedited path to citizenship is the least that can be offered to these immigrant-soldiers (and Sailors and Marines). Legal immigration is a boon to the country, and this is just one of many ways to achieve citizenship properly.