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First Called to Duty, Then Citizenship (Immigrants Fought for the United States)
The Washington Post ^ | Tuesday, May 22, 2007 | Brigid Schulte

Posted on 05/21/2007 9:17:12 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican

In a crowd of nearly 100 eager faces of newly sworn-in citizens on the grounds of Mount Vernon yesterday, three men in the front row stood out. Their black shoes shone to glossy perfection. Their backs were ramrod straight. One wore the crisp white uniform of the Navy. Another, the drab khaki of the Marines and a third, the dress uniform of the Army. Two had campaign ribbons from serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Until yesterday, the sailor, the Marine and the soldier were among more than 40,000 "green card" service members -- non-citizens serving in the U.S. military. After swearing to defend the Constitution, Petty Officer Reginald Cherubin, 30, Marine Sgt. Brian Joseph, 38, and Army Sgt. Jeremy Tattrie, 24, joined another group: the more than 26,000 service members who have become U.S. citizens since the Iraq war began and the Bush administration expedited the citizenship process for military members. Seventy-five service members have received their citizenship posthumously since then.

It was sight of Iraqis pulling down Saddam Hussein's statue in 2003 that led Tattrie, Canadian by birth who was in college in Florida, to join the military.

"I felt the call to duty," he said, clutching one of the small American flags that immigration officials had just passed out. "I just felt the urge to serve my country." Even though when he enlisted, the United States wasn't, technically, it.

The three were sworn in as the military and the country are engaged in a vigorous, divisive debate about what place immigrants should have in the armed forces and society at large.

The ceremony at George Washington's home took place as lawmakers on the other side of the Potomac River began debating a controversial immigration bill that would, among other provisions, grant legal status to virtually all undocumented workers........

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


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: legalimmigration

Navy Petty Officer Reginald Cherubin, left, from Haiti, Marine Sgt. Brian Joseph, from St. Vincent, and Army Sgt. Jeremy Tattrie of Canada had been among the more than 40,000 non-citizens in the U.S. military until yesterday, when they became U.S. citizens in a ceremony at Mount Vernon

1 posted on 05/21/2007 9:17:14 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican; Kathy in Alaska; LUV W; tomkow6; Jet Jaguar; txradioguy; Allegra; All

I wonder are these legal immigrants turn citizens JUST ASKING I got give props to these guys


2 posted on 05/21/2007 9:20:25 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: MinorityRepublican
Immigrants, even with river water still soaking their clothes, that put on the uniform and fight for our country need prove no more, they are Americans and that`s the end of that tune.
3 posted on 05/21/2007 9:21:40 PM PDT by neverhillorat (HILLORAT WINS, WE ALL LOSE)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Following a long, long tradition. Earning citizenship through blood. My grandfather did the same. He joined the United States Army in WWII, served in the Buckeye Division, received a Purple Heart in the Argonne, and earned his citizenship with his honorable discharge.


4 posted on 05/21/2007 9:24:01 PM PDT by No Truce With Kings (The opinions expressed are mine! Mine! MINE! All Mine!)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Are they proposing that all 12 -20 million current illegal aliens be drafted into the military if they want citizenship?

I’ll go for that!


5 posted on 05/21/2007 9:24:45 PM PDT by Laptop_Ron
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To: No Truce With Kings

“He joined the United States Army in WWII”

In WWI — not WWII.


6 posted on 05/21/2007 9:24:48 PM PDT by No Truce With Kings (The opinions expressed are mine! Mine! MINE! All Mine!)
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To: MinorityRepublican
Last I heard, illegal aliens aren’t allowed into this program.

The Washington Compost is trying to continue the leftist myth that if you’re against illegal immigration, you’re against all immigration. I refuse to play.

8 posted on 05/21/2007 9:26:19 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: SevenofNine
The three were sworn in as the military and the country are engaged in a vigorous, divisive debate about what place immigrants should have in the armed forces and society at large.

Leave it to the WP to lie about an issue even when it's something as nice as a swearing in ceremony for new citizens. America is engaged in a vigorous, divisive debate about what place ILLEGAL immigrants should have in society, nobody ever questions legal ones.

9 posted on 05/21/2007 9:26:30 PM PDT by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

You could tell about bias of that article that so hard for Wash Post try hide it you see it


10 posted on 05/21/2007 9:28:54 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: MinorityRepublican

I don’t think many would argue that ONE acceptable path to citizenship is through the military.


11 posted on 05/21/2007 9:29:13 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici
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To: neverhillorat
Immigrants, even with river water still soaking their clothes, that put on the uniform and fight for our country need prove no more, they are Americans and that`s the end of that tune.

But you are missing the point of the article and that is a further confusing of the terms "immigrant" and "illegal" immigrant. These are popping up all over the place and serve as a distraction, not as informative journalism.

I seriously doubt it if the US armed services would knowingly accept enlistments from those not legally entitled to be in the USA.

12 posted on 05/21/2007 9:44:00 PM PDT by Michael.SF. ("The military Mission has long since been accomplished" -- Harry Reid, April 23, 2007)
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To: neverhillorat
Immigrants, even with river water still soaking their clothes, that put on the uniform and fight for our country need prove no more, they are Americans and that`s the end of that tune.

They should be asked one question, "When will it be convenient for you to be sworn in as a US citizen?"

13 posted on 05/21/2007 9:45:48 PM PDT by cpdiii (Pharmacist, Pilot, Geologist, Oil Field Trash and proud of it.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

For those who served honorably, I am all for recognizing the citizenship these people earned. I do feel a bit of leeriness, however, of allowing non citizens into our military.


14 posted on 05/21/2007 9:46:16 PM PDT by DancesWithBolsheviks (Demands, marches and media sob stories diminish my compassion.)
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To: Michael.SF.
Really, here I thought that the Army recruited in Mexico.
The point of my post is that if one did get in, and I have no doubt that several have, once they put on that uniform, they have earned the right to be an American.
15 posted on 05/21/2007 9:49:57 PM PDT by neverhillorat (HILLORAT WINS, WE ALL LOSE)
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To: SevenofNine

I have always honored and welcomed new immigrants who have followed our laws and desire to become American citizens.

When I was sponsoring some soldiers in Iraq, I sent some knives to their commanding officer. It was his choice as to who would receive the knives.

The soldier that first received one of my knives, was a former Korean citizen, and this was his gift, on the day that he became an AMERICAN!

His commanding officer chose wisely that day, and I am proud that I helped welcome him into our country.


16 posted on 05/21/2007 9:56:38 PM PDT by Hunble (Islam is God's punishment!)
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To: MinorityRepublican
There is an immense difference between those who are willing to serve the country and come here to be Americans. That was the case with my father (see my thread) and others who came for that purpose. To the others who are here illegaly to colonize the united states and make this a province of mexico the story is different.

CALL! CALL! CALL! CALL! AND KEEP CALLING TILL THE LINES FRY!

WRITE! WRITE! WRITE! WRITE! TILL YOU RUN OUT OF INK IN YOUR PEN!

Bombard the Democrats as well, especially the ones that ran on an anti immigration plank and the ones in marginal districts who could be vulnerable. keep pounding on them.

STOP AMNESTY NOW!! WE CAN DO IT!!

The best way to stop Shamnesty

18 posted on 05/21/2007 10:09:39 PM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: Cacique
Until yesterday, the sailor, the Marine and the soldier were among more than 40,000 "green card" service members

make note that these are "legal" immigrants.

19 posted on 05/21/2007 10:11:03 PM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: MinorityRepublican

I imagine many would consider it a good thing to allow illegal aliens serving in the military to be allowed to become USC’s. It’s not a good thing. Just like it is not a good thing to overlook crimes committed by native USC’s that break the law.


20 posted on 05/21/2007 10:16:15 PM PDT by Ajnin (Neca Eos Omnes. Deus Suos Agnoset.)
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To: neverhillorat

most illegals couldnt pass the education, medical and other tests for the military.....this article makes a nice back story but has nothing to do with the current debate. For starterd the Post should detail how many illegals have registered for the draft...as required by law.


21 posted on 05/21/2007 10:27:55 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: BurbankKarl
You are kinda stating the obvious while ignoring the possibility, I`ll say the certainty, that some illegals fought for this country, did well, and have earned citizenship. Don`t get lost in the other argument.
22 posted on 05/21/2007 11:33:58 PM PDT by neverhillorat (HILLORAT WINS, WE ALL LOSE)
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