Skip to comments.After 2 Iraq tours, Marine gets US citizenship (great story)
Posted on 03/28/2008 12:44:27 PM PDT by Moose4
U.S. Marine Cpl. Mario Ramos-Villalta put on his freshly pressed uniform early Thursday as a citizen of El Salvador. By the end of the day, he would be a citizen of the United States of America.
Ramos-Villalta told CNN: "It means a lot to me after so many years and two combat deployments." 3 of 3more photos » "I am an American," he said with a smile, moments after his paperwork cleared.
"It means a lot to me after so many years and two combat deployments, I finally get it, being an American. We are happy about it."
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I'm pretty hardcore on fighting illegal immigration. But for those willing to join our military and fight for us, I have no problems with them becoming citizens.
Totally agree. Completed military service should be a way to citizenship. Let those who really love the USA (and are physically able) earn it.
It is a great story.
I am glad to see people become citizens in this way.
You must be a LEGAL immigrant to join the military.
Congratulations Cpl. Mario Ramos-Villalta!
I figured that you’d have to have a green card or student visa or legal paperwork in order to join. Sometimes I do wonder if there are people serving with false paperwork, but I imagine given the amount of background checking that gets done, those numbers are fairly small if there even are any.
You also need a SS number. You have to be a green card holder. There is a program of expedited citizenship if you serve. Student visas are not acceptable. You have to be a permanent legal resident of this country.
I could have made exactly the same statement, but you got there first.
This is the kind of assessment that removes all doubts as to whether a person is worthy of becoming an American citizen.
Welcome to your new country of America, Mario.
Do they sign on with the understanding that completing a tour and receiving an honorable discharge will guarantee citizenship or do they just apply and get accepted no matter what?
There are many young South American men fighting in Iraq with hopes of becoming U.S. citizens.
The enemy likes to video tape the Spanish names on uniforms of those they kill. They use it as propoganda to call American’s cowards that use the poor to do their fighting for them.
I’m not sure that our policy in this regard is all that sound sometimes.
I'd be totally surprised if *anyone* here would be against it. :-)
Would that we could trade some we have for more like him...
And that should be one of the requirements to become a citizen. And yes, I would have qualified.
Ever since the Revolution, there have always been non US citizens serving in the military.
Military service does not guarantee US citizenship later.
These are the best immigrants we could get.
No, but honorable service should guarantee the opportunity.
Yes, what a great idea, even more foreigners in the US Army.
This is such a great idea that our Neocon (would-be) masters already promote it.
The estimable Max Boot, the military genius of the Neocons, recommends that we put foreigners who enlist in the U.S. armed forces on a fast track to naturalization. See this at http://tomweston.net/MaxBoot2.pdf.
He also admires the Indian Army who policed the empire for Victoria, and cheaply. An ideal Janissary for us would be MS-13. They are already as well-armed as our regular light infantry, so we could save double if we sign them up.
Putting ones defense in the hands of foreigners is an old Anglo-Saxon tradition, sort-of. After all, the original British invited them in to oppose the Picts. In other words “to do the fighting the (Celtic) British would not do”. Well, that worked well. Much of Britain became England, and the Welsh became foreigners in their own country.
When we have wars that need to be fought, Americans will fight them. Let the New World Order crowd go fight their own wars (not likely) or buy mercenaries on the open market at free-market prices, with cash not the financial benefits of American citizenship.
Surely, many of the foreigners in our military could be good citizens, but they have already abandoned their native country for another. The ability to shift ones allegiance may be useful to a COBOL programmer, but for a soldier? How many here would do that? Besides, many or most of the countries that send immigrants to us need good citizens more than anything. Let these people defend or promote freedom in their own homelands.
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