Immigrant soldiers and families merit respect

Immigrant soldiers and families merit respect – Full Article from The Daily Cardinal
By: Matt Jividen /The Daily CardinalImmigrant soldiers killed during duty recieve little respect in that their family members can be deported.…I recently heard someone on TV say, “This isn’t your grandfather’s Army.” I believe everything I hear on TV, but just to flesh this out, the army my grandfather helped to comprise was segregated.

In this article, Matt Jividen seeks to explain that we must give respect to the families of those immigrants whose children are now fighting for our country. These “anchor babies”, as the anti-immigrant crowd like to call them, are over in Iraq being killed in the name of America. I guess this fact escapes these anti-immigrants.

Today’s military is primarily composed of kids from poor rural areas (about 44 percent) and kids from impoverished inner-city areas, but one of the fastest growing contingencies in the U.S. Army are the immigrant soldiers. Official statistics show that more than 68,000 foreign-born individuals are serving in the U.S. military and figures from the National Center for Immigration Law show that one in 10 U.S. soldiers who died in Iraq were immigrants. Many of these soldiers have relatives in the U.S. who are not legal residents.

This article also states that some of our troops are actually “illegal” immigrants.

In addition, one estimate claims that five percent of those presently serving in the United States military are illegal immigrants who joined with false papers. In fact, the first soldier to die in Iraq was Marine Lance Cpl. Jose Gutierrez, an immigrant who illegally entered the United States from Guatemala.

This article furthers the point that many of the anti-immigrants, that like to scream in the face of other human beings, choose to ignore our country’s history. Italian immigrants, like Joey Vento, state “when my grandfather migrated to the United States…” Well, when your grandfather migrated here there was a terrible amount of hostility toward Italians which lasted for some time in this country. Do you want to go back there Joey? These people reminisce of “the good ol’ days” (slavery?) and speak of “the great war.” What’s so great about 70 million people dying – 47 million of them being civilians?

If someone is willing to give their lives to defend our country (ethical arguments about the current engagements aside), he or she, and their families should be treated like U.S. citizens at home. Those related to the individuals who were among the first causalities in the war on terror received an average of $1,185,000 in the way of a settlement. However, if you are the relative of a foreign born soldier who died in Iraq serving in the United States military, you will receive $6,000 and possible deportation. That is right. I will say it again. Deportation.


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