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150 service members take oath of U.S. citizenship on carrier
Norfolk Virginian Pilot ^ | June 15, 2006 | Louis Hansen

Posted on 06/15/2006 6:32:34 AM PDT by RDTF

NORFOLK - Sophia March had never even heard of the Statu e of Liberty when her airplane touched down in New York on April 10, 1996.

Coming from St. Catherine, Jamaica, she joined her father in the United States to broaden her world and prospects. Eventually, she entered the Navy.

While U.S. politicians bicker over the role of immigrants in the United States, Petty Officer 2nd Class March is clear about her roles as mother, Navy wife, and storekeeper aboard the Norfolk-based amphibious ship Kearsarge.

On Wednesday morning, March, 31, added another identity: U.S. citizen.

March and 150 other service members - veterans of scores of deployments to troubled seas and broken lands - took the oath of citizenship during a ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier George Washington.

"It's something I wanted to do," she said in her soft Jamaican accent.

Even as Congress considers immigration legislation, the military has made it easier for legal immigrants in the armed services to become citizens. The number of service members becoming citizens increased tenfold in a four- year period, from 749 in 2001 to 7,600 in 2004.

(Excerpt) Read more at mondotimes.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: immigration; legalimmigration; lhd3
God bless these people and thanks to them for caring enough to do it the right way
1 posted on 06/15/2006 6:32:36 AM PDT by RDTF
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To: RDTF

The MSM can't help itself.

We are NOT bickering over the role of immigrants in our society.

The only issue related to immigration is ILLEGAL immigrants, a group of which, none of these people apply.


2 posted on 06/15/2006 6:36:58 AM PDT by Paloma_55 (I may be a hateful bigot, but I still love you)
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To: RDTF

Taking the oath.... God Bless 'Em!

3 posted on 06/15/2006 6:39:08 AM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: RDTF
These people have "earned" the right to Citizenship

And having been accepted into the Military, would I be correct to assume they all speak English? /sarc.

4 posted on 06/15/2006 6:46:49 AM PDT by seasoned traditionalist
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To: seasoned traditionalist

Once they have served two years of their enlistment with honor this should be said to them, "you are now part of the greatest nation on earth, when would it be convenient for you to take your oath of citizenship."


5 posted on 06/15/2006 6:52:49 AM PDT by cpdiii (Socialism is popular with the ruling class. It gives legitimacy to tyranny and despotism.)
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To: Rummyfan

As a 20 plus retired Navy vet it gives me chills of pride...


6 posted on 06/15/2006 6:55:00 AM PDT by Doofer
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To: RDTF; All

A curious question? Is it allowable for non US citizens to join the US military?


7 posted on 06/15/2006 6:56:03 AM PDT by avacado
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To: avacado
A curious question? Is it allowable for non US citizens to join the US military?

Depending on the country the answer is yes!

8 posted on 06/15/2006 6:58:03 AM PDT by Doofer
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USS Kearsarge. The boat that launched the TRAP team that rescued Scott O'Grady.

9 posted on 06/15/2006 6:59:08 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham
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To: Doofer

Thanks for the reply. I had no idea.


10 posted on 06/15/2006 7:02:12 AM PDT by avacado
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To: avacado
Is it allowable for non US citizens to join the US military?

For many countries "yes", and it's a long and honourable tradition.

11 posted on 06/15/2006 7:04:30 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ArrogantBustard
" For many countries "yes", and it's a long and honourable tradition."

Thanks for the reply. I had not known that and indeed it is honorable.

12 posted on 06/15/2006 7:07:19 AM PDT by avacado
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To: StarCMC; boxerblues

Ping


13 posted on 06/15/2006 7:07:26 AM PDT by Coop (JimRob is my hero!)
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To: RDTF

Welcome Fellow Citizens!


14 posted on 06/15/2006 7:08:38 AM PDT by zeaal (SPREAD TRUTH!)
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To: RDTF
A Standing O for all these brave new citizens. And our deepest gratitude for their service and their sacrifice.
15 posted on 06/15/2006 7:18:36 AM PDT by el_texicano (Liberals, Socialist, DemocRATS, all touchy, feely, mind numbed robots, useless idiots all)
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To: Coop
Thanks Coop

Honorable indeed, my Grandfather an immigrant from Italy joined the US Army during WWI to gain his citizenship
16 posted on 06/15/2006 7:48:40 AM PDT by boxerblues
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To: RDTF

These people are fantastic. We need millions more like them.

God Bless these new Citizens!


17 posted on 06/15/2006 10:22:39 AM PDT by taxed2death (A few billion here, a few trillion there...we're all friends right?)
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To: Rummyfan

Welcome to these fine new citizens! Thank you for joining us.


18 posted on 06/15/2006 11:44:32 AM PDT by La Enchiladita (God Bless Our Troops...including U.S. Border Patrol, America's First Line of Defense)
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To: Rummyfan
A big WELCOME to our newest citizens! We are honored to have you.
19 posted on 06/15/2006 11:57:26 AM PDT by CremeSaver
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To: avacado

Yes... there are plenty of Natives from Alberta Canada who are serving in the ME...


20 posted on 06/15/2006 11:59:33 AM PDT by MD_Willington_1976
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To: taxed2death
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OATH OF CITIZENSHIP – U.S. Navy sailors take the Oath of Citizenship at the naturalization ceremony held aboard USS George Washington while in port Naval Station Norfolk, Va., June 14, 2006. More than 140 U.S. sailors, Marines and soldiers from 45 countries took the Oath of Citizenship given by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael D. Blackwell II

21 posted on 06/15/2006 12:24:53 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (God Bless Our Troops...including U.S. Border Patrol, America's First Line of Defense)
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To: La Enchiladita

I have no problem with people earning citizenship this way and have my respect for doing so. I just have a major problem with people illegally crossing the border and demanding rights and services they have no right to.

Brian


22 posted on 06/15/2006 12:38:15 PM PDT by CMH_Dude
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To: RDTF
Even as Congress considers immigration legislation, the military has made it easier for legal immigrants in the armed services to become citizens.

I've got no problem with that and I don't know anyone who does.

If you want to serve America in our armed forces then welcome to America! If you want to sneak across the border illegally then go the hell home.

23 posted on 06/15/2006 7:25:47 PM PDT by Bubba_Leroy (What did Rather know and when did he know it?)
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