Foreign-born U.S. military veterans deported despite service
Juan Valadez once embraced the Navy’s ideals: Be your best, serve with honor, protect your country. But because he was born in Mexico and taken to the U.S. as an infant, his pact with America when he joined the military came with a catch: If he ever was convicted of a felony, he would be deported
Valadez, 33, is one of the thousands who served in those middle years when naturalization wasn’t a part of boot camp graduation.
Advocates estimate there are now at least 2,000 U.S. veterans living in northern Mexico, many in border towns such as Tijuana and Juarez where English speakers can find decent-paying work in telemarketing and other service-sector jobs.
http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/foreig … li=BBnba9J
Is this fair ? Did he earn the right to be an American citizen?
This article buries the lede: This veteran is a convicted felon. For any service member, that condition has consequences.
Personally, I think anyone who serves should get automatic citizenship. I also think anyone who serves in a war zone should never pay taxes again. They've risked their lives for their country - no one should be asked to do more for their country than that.
If he failed to bide by the agreement, and is convicted of a felony, then HE violated the "contract", not the US.
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