Green Card Veterans

Have US Veterans earned the right to be Americans or should all criminals be deported, including green card veterans?

The Washington Post recently brought to our attention the plight of many veterans who have served our country as U.S. green card holders. Green card veterans are permanent U.S. residents, but not U.S. citizens. Even if they have lived in the U.S. since they were babies, green card holders are subject to deportation if convicted of a crime.  Some may not even speak the language of their mother country. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has a form to re-apply for admission into the U.S. after deportation, but the application fee is very expensive ($585), and non-refundable, no matter what the outcome is.

The VFW has taken a firm stance against such veterans, according to the NYT: “Joe Davis, a spokesman for the nation’s largest veterans group, the Veterans of Foreign Wars. ‘An honorable discharge is not a free pass.’” Homeland Security will process expedited deportation proceedings for “aggravated felonies,” but that term is vague as how it applies.

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