News: "Green card soldiers": Die in Iraq, US citizenship guaranteed.

Iraq Burial

A young, ambitious immigrant from Guatemala who dreamed of becoming an architect. A Nigerian medic. A soldier from China who boasted he would one day become an American general. An Indian Sikh native. What do they have in common?

They are among more than 100 foreign-born members of the U.S. military who earned American citizenship post-mortem, by dying in the Iraq war.

Immigrants have always fought — and died — in America's wars. There are tens of thousands of foreign-born members in the US armed forces. Many have been naturalized, but more than 20,000 are not US citizens.

Early in the Iraq war, Bush signed an executive order making the "Green card soldiers", as they are often called, eligible to apply for citizenship as soon as they enlist. Previously, legal residents in the military had to wait three years.
Since Bush's order, nearly 37,000 soldiers have been naturalized. And 109 who lost their lives have been granted posthumous citizenship.

Immigrant advocates have mixed feelings about military service for non-citizens. "Immigrants are lured into service and then used as political pawns or cannon fodder," said Dan Kesselbrenner, executive director of the National Immigration Project, a program of the National Lawyers Guild. (Full)

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Anonymous,  25 April, 2008 19:41  

why many people want to change their nationality? we cannot blame them because they just want to avail a services in a country that offers. Most of them want to belong in a society which the nationality really matters. But some other reasons are acceptable and some of those reasons are we always find a way to understand their situation. Even they are converted in such nationality but they always run to a country when they are belong if that country is in trouble or they feel the big crisis... Why is it so? Some want to be died just to get what they want, what i am referring for is the nationality they want. They died for nothing, because they didn't even think the problem face by their mother land. Yes!, we want a greener pasture but this is not a right reason to do so... Please make changes as early as now.

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