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Bill introduced aimed at making immigration/naturalization laws friendlier to non-citizen U.S. military members/veterans

There are many attempts currently underway for reforms to U.S. immigration and naturalization laws. One reform that has recently been proposed involves how immigration and naturalization laws should treat one particular class of legal immigrants. The class in question is immigrants who are members or veterans of the U.S. military.

People may not be aware of this, but there are a fair amount of immigrants who serve in our country's military. Reportedly, the number of non-citizens who are active members of the U.S. military is currently upwards of 45,000.

The argument has been made that current U.S immigration/naturalization law does not treat non-citizen soldiers and veterans as well as it should.

A bill has recently been introduced in Congress which proposes some immigration/naturalization law reforms regarding non-citizen soldiers and non-citizen veterans. The bill is called the "Support and Defend Our Military Personnel and Their Families Act." The bill was introduced by two members of the U.S. House of Representatives (a Republican congresswoman from Florida and a Democratic congressman from California.)

The bill proposes many things, including:

  • Making it easier for non-citizen soldiers and veterans to become citizens.
  • Making the immigration process easier for families of U.S. military members.
  • Taking certain actions to help protect non-citizen soldiers/veterans from deportation.

One wonders what will happen with this bill in Congress and if it will ultimately pass. One also wonders, if it does pass, what impacts it will ultimately have on non-citizen soldiers/veterans and their families.

What do you think of the bill?

Source: The Lake County Record-Bee, "Thompson introduces bill on citizenship for active-duty soldiers, military families," March 1, 2013

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